Can I Be Fired by My Employer for Being on Workers’ Comp?

Missouri offers protections to employees who are discharged, discriminated against, or retaliated against in any way for exercising workers’ compensation rights. While there are a number of valid reasons for an employee to be terminated, your workplace injury or workers’ compensation claim are not.

Even if your employer gives a different reason for firing you, looking at the whole picture is beneficial when evaluating a potential claim. Changes to your employment that occur shortly after a workplace injury are very important.

This type of claim is completely separate from your workers’ compensation claim. The Missouri Department of Labor highlights these protections and potential claims on their website in the ‘Repercussions at Work’ section.

Recovering from a workplace injury, filing a workers’ compensation claim, and experiencing changes in your employment is a lot to balance. It is important to speak to an attorney as soon as you believe you are experiencing retaliation following a workplace injury or the filing of a workers’ compensation claim. Each situation is different. If you have any questions about workers’ comp, or other employment law questions, call our office at  Burkhart Law – (816) 945-6467.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

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