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Can your employer punish you for seeking worker’s compensation?

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2022 | Employment Law

If you get injured on the job, several problems can emanate at once. You have to focus on your health while continuing to live up to other responsibilities.

Worker’s compensation should help you recover without having to worry as much about finances. However, you may have concerns that your boss will punish you for filing a claim. It is important to have a clear understanding of your rights as an employee in this type of scenario.

Termination

In Minnesota, employment is “at-will.” This means that your boss can terminate you for any reason that is lawful. The caveat is that a worker’s compensation claim is not a lawful reason for termination. If your boss so much as threatens to fire you over a claim, you can sue for damages including medical costs, legal fees and reductions in your benefits.

Employment refusal

It is illegal for your boss to retract continued employment opportunities because you are seeking benefits. If you run into a situation like this, a civil action suit may get you a year’s worth of wages that can go up to $15,000. The only exception is if your boss has less than 16 full-time employees.

No matter how severe or mild your injury is, you should not throw your rights away because you fear retaliation. Looking out for yourself is especially important when your well-being depends on it. By understanding your entitlements and making the most out of them, you may have an easier time getting back on your feet.