If you have a strained hamstring you should be able to return to work without limitation - your wc claim may not have a lot of value - tell your employer that you want to get better and you need to see a doctor - Hopefully you will get better and return to work - As for your question about being fired if you are on temporary disability and a doctor has placed you off of work then the law does provide you with protection from being fired
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Being out injured is not an absolute guarantee of your job on return, but several statutes protect temporarily disabled employees in many ways. You can still be terminated if, for instance, your job would have gone away anyway, whether or not you were injured. However, CA employers of five or more employees have a legal duty to reasonably accommodate an employee's known temporarily disabled condition if doing so does not create an actual undue hardship. One way an employer is supposed to consider such reasonable accommodation is to give some unpaid leave to allow the employee to heal and return to work. If you are terminated because you needed one week off to heal your hamstring (and not because of performance issues that predated your injury or because your job was eliminated) then your employer has likely violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act by failing to offer you a simple reasonable accommodation.
If that happens you need to locate and consult with an experienced employment law attorney to explore your facts and determine your options. I would suggest you look either on this site in the Find a Lawyer section, or go to www.cela.org, the home page for the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization whose members are dedicated to the representation of employees against their employers.
Good luck to you.
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Your attorney will know about Sedction 132a of the B & P. That is a wrongful discharge brought about becasue an employee brougth a workers' comp claim. Shelly Weinstein is a great W/C attorney, call her at 818 788 5757