When someone suffers an injury on the job, they may worry about whether their employer will retaliate against them if they file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This system is designed to ensure that you have the financial support you need to cope with your injury and inability to work following the injury or accident. The rules make it clear that an employer cannot treat an employee unfairly or unjustly because he or she has requested benefits. If you were injured at work, our knowledgeable team of Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers is standing by to help you secure your right to benefits.
In a recent case, the plaintiff was reportedly employed as a police officer from February 2009 until he was terminated in January 2016. The plaintiff filed a civil action claiming that the termination was a retaliatory response to his claim for workers’ compensation benefits. As background, the police department received a grant to purchase two police motorcycles as long as they were used regularly. The plaintiff was hired to fill one of the motorcycle positions.
Sometime in 2015, Plaintiff’s supervisor noticed that the plaintiff was not using the motorcycle regularly. The plaintiff informed the supervisor that it was too hot that day. The supervisor later sent an email to the plaintiff instructing him to ride his motorcycle every day. One month later, the plaintiff was hospitalized for heat-related symptoms while riding his motorcycle at work. The plaintiff filed a claim seeking workers’ compensation benefits for this medical emergency.