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Can I Be Fired If I File A Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Many people do not file for workers’ compensation because they worry about being fired or otherwise retaliated against at work. In fact, it is illegal for your employer to fire you simply for filing for workers’ compensation.

Illinois law is very clear on this: If you are hurt on the job, you have the right to seek workers’ compensation, and your employer may not treat you differently simply because you exercised that right.

At Gesmer & Reynolds, P.C., we are committed to defending your right to seek workers’ compensation. Your employer may be acting unlawfully if, just because you reported an injury or illness, they fire you.

If you are terminated, certain types of employer conduct listed below may be supportive of an inference of a retaliatory motive where an employer does any of the following prior to termination:

  • Refuses to rehire you
  • Harasses you
  • Takes disciplinary action against you
  • Otherwise discriminates against you

We Will Help Protect Your Right To Seek Compensation

Fear of retaliation at work should not keep you from getting the medical care and compensation you need. If you are hesitating to report a workplace injury or illness because you are worried about the consequences, schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We will help you understand your rights and the steps you should take to protect those rights.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

You may be hesitant to report your injury, but you should not hesitate to consult a lawyer. We offer free consultations and charge a fee only if we help you receive benefits, so there is no risk in contacting us to learn more. Call our Rockford office at 815-216-9471 or send us an email.