A man in another state has filed legal actions against his former employer, claiming that he was released from his position after filing a workers' compensation claim. Whether one resides in Colorado or elsewhere, it is illegal for an employer to fire someone simply for filing a work comp claim. If this individual can prove his wrongful termination case in court, he could receive a monetary judgment in his favor.
On Oct. 26, 2016, a former technician/inspector for Falcon Crest Accessories, Inc. -- an aircraft components business -- tripped on a pipe while on the job and fell. He suffered injuries that required surgery, so he filed a workers' compensation claim. The plaintiff says that all the information necessary for the claim was submitted, and he kept his employer updated on his treatment and recovery. Less than four months after the accident, though, the man received a letter stating he had been terminated. He claims that no reason for his loss of employment was given.
In the claim submitted by the plaintiff, he alleges that his former employer failed to maintain a safe working environment, refused workers' compensation and failed to supply any reason for his termination. Because of these things, he is seeking up to $200,000 in general damages, legal fees and any other compensation to which he may be entitled. His former employer has not publicly responded to this claim.
When wrongful termination results from filing a workers' compensation claim, Colorado residents do not have to just sit by and take it. They may be entitled to pursue legal action in order to seek compensation for their losses. An experienced attorney can review the details of one's case and file and litigate any applicable claims, if doing so is deemed appropriate.
Source: setexasrecord.com, "Technician accuses Houston company of wrongful termination", Noddy A. Fernandez, May 30, 2017