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Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

01-20-2017

Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Fired for Workers Compensation Claim?A common concern for workers who are injured on the job is whether filing a Workers’ Compensation claim will end up costing them their job. In South Carolina it is illegal for an employer to fire you because you have filed a Workers’ Compensation claim. The law states that “no employer may discharge or demote any employee because the employee has instituted or caused to be instituted, in good faith, any proceeding under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law.”

While the law protects employees who have been injured and prohibits retaliatory firing, it does not extend protection to employees who engage in other conduct that may be cause for termination, such as intoxication on the job or failure to meet work standards.

To protect your rights as an injured employee, it is always advisable to seek legal counsel for your Workers’ Compensation case. The experienced lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm can help you understand your rights and pursue your case.

At Steinberg Law Firm we advocate for injured workers and their families. If you have been seriously injured in a work accident, call the experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm today at 843-720-2800 for your free consultation. We represent clients throughout the Charleston, South Carolina region.

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