I was injured at work on April 4 I went to a follow up last week on the 23 and was told i was going to be refereed to a specialist Orthopedic my fracture finger because bone didnt heal and i am going to need surgery that day i return to work and i was written up for my injury they also re-did my review on the 23rd which i had gotten my review on the 1st three days before my injury. Today i went to work i was using dark shade safety glasses in the morning it was dark outside because those where the only pair i had a co-worker brought it up to me and the supervisor when he show up i got Another write and Suspended until i pass my drug test because they have suspicion i am using drug which i am not I got a Work comp Lawyer already Do i need a Labor Law attorney It is becoming very stressful
Workers' Compensation Lawyer
I would speak to your attorney first and then determine if an employment attorney is necessary, or perhaps your attorney will handle your employment issues as well. Labor Code 132a addresses discrimination for filing a workers compensation, which is a case that would be heard by the Workers Compensation Appeals Board and your workers compensation attorney would likely handle. You may also have other issues such as violations of ADA and FEHA which may be handled by another attorney.
First step for you would be to have a phone or in person conference with your workers compensation attorney to develop a plan of action.
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Employment / Labor Attorney
Unless you are in a Union, you do not want a labor lawyer. I think it would be worthwhile for you to talk to a plaintiffs' employment attorney. Many will provide free consultations. If you are terminated, the damages you can get from a wrongful termination case brought in civil court are significantly more than what is available in the workers' compensation arena. That said, if you are using illegal drugs, and the drug test reflects that, there's not much a lawyer can do to help you.
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State, Local, and Municipal Law Attorney
Based upon the situation you describe you should consult with an employment law attorney. Use the Find a Lawyer tab on Avvo. Also, here’s a link to the California Employment Lawyers Association website where you can search for an employment law attorney in your area. CELA attorneys specialize in representing employees and many offer free consultations. Best of luck to you.
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Social Security Lawyers
I would suggest you talk to an employment lawyer because you have been retaliated against and subject to a hostile work environment. I would contact an attorney immediately.