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Man claims wrongful termination followed workers' comp claim

It is not uncommon for employers to retaliate when injured workers file workers' compensation claims. To protect employees from such retaliation and potential wrongful termination, many states, including Florida, allow workers to take legal action by filing retaliatory discharge claims against employers. All employees have the right to pursue compensation from the workers' compensation insurance fund.

A company in another state is facing a claim of retaliatory discharge that was filed by a former employee. The plaintiff says that he commenced employment at the defendant's company in September of 2014 and suffered an on-the-job injury six months later. He apparently indicated his intention to pursue workers' compensation benefits, and he claims that his employer terminated his employment on the same day.

The worker filed his workers' compensation claim two weeks after suffering the injury. The plaintiff alleges that the defendant acted out of malice because he exercised his rights under workers' compensation laws. The worker is seeking more than $50,000 for damages, along with legal costs. He also asked the court to award punitive damages as allowed under state law.

Florida employees who believe that they were wrongfully terminated may benefit from consulting with experienced employment attorneys. A lawyer will assess the circumstances of the termination and determine whether there is a viable claim. A worker usually has to prove to the court that his or her wrongful termination constituted employer retaliation that resulted mainly from filing a workers' compensation claim. An experienced lawyer can provide sound counsel and courtroom representation to protect the rights of a worker whose rights have been violated.

Source: madisonrecord.com, "Injured dock worker accuses employer of wrongful termination", June 18, 2015

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