I worked in construction and made a good living for my family. Then I had a terrible accident at work – I feel and shattered my leg so badly that I was unable to walk for many months. When my leg finally healed, The doctor said I would never be able to work in construction again. Nancy White and her Workers’ Compensation team were on my side. They helped me through the frustration of dealing with the Workers’ Compensation process.
Ron Construction Worker
Many injured workers are understandably concerned that their employer will fire them in retaliation if they file a Workers’ Compensation claim. However, the Workers’ Compensation system is designed to prevent this type of retaliation from happening. Under law, an employer cannot fire an injured employee because of a Workers’ Compensation claim.
The North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA)
The North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) was established to protect injured workers from discrimination and retaliation. This act combines elements of several different federal laws, including The Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Still Happens
Despite the existence of these laws and regulations, some employers still terminate employees by asserting that their termination was not in direct response to the employee’s Workers’ Compensation claim. This is a gray area that must be fought by an experienced attorney. Employers will attempt to bring forward all kinds of evidence to “prove” that retaliation was not a motive in their firing decision.
If you believe your employer has fired you in violation of your rights under REDA, you must file a complaint within 180 days of your termination. Having White & Stradley, PLLC experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys on your side will significantly improve your chances of pursuing a successful case. We will fight to ensure that your rights are protected, and that your case has the best outcome possible.
Please contact our Workers' Compensation Lawyers today to schedule a free initial consultation. White & Stradley, PLLC proudly represents injured workers throughout the state of North Carolina including Raleigh, Greenville, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and surrounding areas.