New York has a rich culture and an extensive history, especially as it
pertains to hardworking men and women building places like New York City.
Over the years, countless New Yorkers have lost limbs in machine accidents,
and even their lives as they built the magnificent buildings that make
New York the treasure it is today.
New York, particularly the Five Boroughs, is no stranger to workplace accidents.
Before workers’ compensation laws were enacted, injured workers
had few legal protections and they would have to sue their employer, which
was difficult to do when workers couldn’t afford legal representation.
Fortunately, legislatures became aware that injured workers couldn’t
provide for themselves, let alone their families after workplace accidents.
One by one, states started enacting
workers’ compensation laws to ensure injured workers would have access to medical care and
benefits for lost wages.
Today, the vast majority of New York employees are covered by workers’
compensation; however, something is holding people back from filing claims
when they really need them. Many workers choose not to file workers’
compensation claims because they’re afraid they’ll lose their
jobs. Sound unbelievable? It happens more often than you might think.
Is it Legal to Fire Workers After They File Claims?
In a word – no –
it is not legal for employers to fire workers because they file workers’ compensation
claims. Even though New York is an at-will employment state, which means
employers can discharge employees at any time, employers cannot fire people
Firing someone because they file a workers’ compensation claim is
discrimination and doing so would open an employer up to an employment discrimination lawsuit.
If you’re concerned that your employer might fire you if you file
a workers’ compensation claim, start gathering evidence immediately
to support your theory, and make sure you’re in contact with a New
York workers’ compensation lawyer from our firm.
Don’t let fear of losing your job stop you from filing a much-needed
workers’ compensation claim.
Contact Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman today for a