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Can I Get Fired after I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Are you concerned about your employer firing you because you had to file a workers’ compensation claim?

If you’ve been injured on the job in the state of Colorado, it is technically legal for an employer to fire you during the process of a workers’ compensation claim.  However, employers are not legally able to fire employees out of retaliation because of the claim. They must present valid reasons for the termination.

Colorado is an “at will” employment state. Nolo explains that in “at will” states, employees can be fired at anytime for almost any reason. In addition, if your employer decides to let you go, you have very limited legal rights to fight the termination.

In order to terminate your job, your Colorado employer does have to show just cause that your actions were somehow responsible for your firing. Common reasons employers use to terminate an employee are:

If you believe your employer has unjustly  terminated you in response to your workers’ compensation claim, it is in your best interest to call a qualified workers’ compensation attorney immediately.

For more information regarding specific injuries, read our article: Does Colorado Workers’ Compensation cover all Injuries?

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