I'm a landscaper and a month ago I threw out my back while on a job site. I filed a workman's comp claim and 2 days later I was let go without a reason as to why. I have worked for the company for 2 years and only had 1 write up from a year ago for marijuana use.
What should I do?
By terminating you without cause your employer has discriminated against you due to the fact you have filed a worker compensation case. Labor Code 132a provides for increased benefit to you based on this violation. In order for you to get this increase benefit a lawsuit will have to be filed against your employer with the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. You should seek the help of a workers compensation attorney to assist you with your case and you need to this immediately in order to get your rights protected. In consulting your consultation with an attorney you must inform him/her of the fact that you were terminated a few days after reporting your work injury. While it is fresh in your mind write down the name of your supervisor and the name of the person who fired you. That will be important for your attorney to know.
you need to get an attorney ASAP and let him know about your termination so he can file a 132(a) wrongful termination. The facts you give are very limited but you do seem to have grounds for such.
Employment / Labor Attorney
It is illegal to retaliate against an employee for filing a workers' compensation claim. Don't go through this without an attorney. To find a workers' compensation attorney, please look at the membership list of the California Applicant Attorneys Association (CAAA) http://caaa.org/cs/. CAAA is the strongest bar association in California for attorneys who represent injured workers.
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Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Let me add a word of caution. My colleagues have said you may have a Labor Code 132a violation. LC 132a says an employer cannot discriminate against you (fire you, reduce salary, reduce hours, put you on night shift, etc) to punish you for getting hurt on the job, making a workers' comp. claim, hiring an attorney to represent you. You haven't indicated that your employer fired you for any of those reasons. There may be a perfectly valid reason for your termination that has absolutely nothing to do with workers' comp: he lost a big account, you failed to call in sick, he's downsizing, etc. If he has a legitimate business reason for your termination, then there is no L.C. 132a. Good luck.