Can I be fired or demoted if I file a workers’ compensation claim?

The short answer: No. It is against the law for an employer to terminate or demote an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This is covered by both state and federal laws. However, these cases require careful handling.

For example, the N.C. Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act prohibits employers from firing or discriminating against employees who file a worker’s compensation claim or exercise other rights, such as filing a complaint about workplace safety violations.

You may have the right to pursue legal action if this occurs. However, you must first file a written complaint with the N.C. Department of Labor’s Employment Discrimination Bureau within 180 days of your employer’s retaliatory act. Only after you get a response from this agency can you pursue other relief, including filing a lawsuit.

If you believe you have been retaliated against due to exercising your rights under the N.C. Workers’ Compensation Act, please get in touch with Hardison & Cochran immediately.

Read more on our comprehensive blog post “Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?