Can You Be Fired for Initiating a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Scales of Justice in CourtroomThe fear of retaliation can be powerful, and it is a potential reason that many workers with legitimate claims may avoid seeking compensation for injuries sustained on the job. Fortunately, under Illinois law, it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee as retaliation for initiating a workers’ compensation claim.

It is important to note that an employee may still be fired while on workers’ compensation for reasons that would normally apply, whether this is performance, tardiness, or anything related to the employee’s execution of his or her job.

If you suspect that you’ve been fired for initiating a workers’ compensation claim, contact an experienced Illinois attorney. If you can prove that seeking workers’ compensation was the reason for your termination, you may have a claim against your employer.

You should never avoid initiating a workers’ compensation claim for fear of retaliation from your employer. This is especially important, as state law requires that your employer cover the costs of medical services pertaining to your work-related injury. You also have the right to make a number of decisions regarding your medical care, including:

  • Generally, you can choose your doctor.
  • You can receive treatment for your work-related injury without paying anything out of pocket.
  • Speak freely with your doctor with the expectation of privacy.

The scope of your rights and potential compensation are best discussed with an attorney that concentrates in Illinois workers’ compensation law. Rubens and Kress is based in Chicago, and we are committed to helping employees obtain the compensation they deserve. Since there is no fee unless you collect, you can trust your case to our team with confidence. You can contact our firm at (312) 201-9640 or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.