Q: What do I do if I am injured on the clock, then beg for safety issues to be fixed, then instead I get fired?
Injured by broken glass on a Monday, went home. Talked to my boss essentially begging her to fix a bunch of long-ongoing safety and equipment issues before I could come back. She said she'd get in touch with me the next day. Didn't hear from her for three days, then on Friday she fired me. I have a week of unused vacation time, she's trying to deny my unemployment, and I never even wanted to quit. Help?
A: This is a complex issue that needs to be worked on with an employment attorney. You may have a suit for wrongful termination based on a public policy claim, but the facts need to be looked at more closely to make that determination. She can' deny your unemployment claim, but you can simply appeal and get a hearing. Under these facts it sounds like you have a good shot of winning. As far as vacation time, all you need to do is call the department of labor and they can handle that issue for you, most employers listen to that department. Feel free to give me a call on the wrongful termination claim or seek out an attorney that handles that specific claim for a more thorough review. Good luck!
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