You Can’t Be Discharged for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Virginia holds that employees should not fear a discharge because they filed a workers’ compensation claim. According to the law:

  • Employees can’t be discharged for filing a claim or testifying about a claim.
  • There is an exception. Employees who file a fraudulent claim can be discharged.
  • If an employee is improperly discharged, because he/she filed a claim or testified, then the employee has remedies. The employee can bring a claim in a circuit court having jurisdiction over the employer or person who allegedly discharged the employee in violation of this section.
  • If the discharge is improper, the court can order appropriate relief including:
    • Actual damages
    • Attorney’s fees
    • Ordering that the employee be rehired or reinstated, plus interest

Don’t be afraid to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Norfolk

Virginia law protects employees and witnesses in workers’ compensation claims, and Norfolk attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., will fight to help you secure the full and fair benefits that you need. If you’ve been wrongfully discharged, he can also help you fight for reinstatement and compensation for this wrong. To learn more, call attorney Joe Miller at (888) 694-1671 or contact him through his website today.