Dalton, GA asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia

Q: Can my employer lay me off if I've been hurt on the job and file a claim

I work for a temp agency at a carpet mill can the temp agency or the carpet mill lay me off if I felt like workers complain

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Tristan Blain Morrison
Tristan Blain Morrison
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Yes, but frankly it's a bad and risky decision by HR to fire someone who gets hurt at work, unless they have a good reason beyond the injury itself. If the Employer terminated you due to your work injuries, then their insurance company would owe you "TTD" benefits - which is temporary total disability benefits under workers' compensation - so long as the treating doctor has you on work restrictions related to the work accident. TTD is a weekly wage replacement check, which is 2/3 of your pre-injury average weekly wage. Some states have "anti-retaliation" laws, which prevent employers from taking action against employees who exercise their workers' compensation rights, but unfortunately Georgia is not one of those states. It should be, in my opinion, but it's not. Georgia companies are, however, subject to various Federal laws which may or may not apply to your employer. The Family Medical Leave Act, for example, provides employees with a serious health condition with several months of job protected, but unpaid leave. Long story short, you have a complicated situation, and you should consult and attorney. I wish you best of luck.

Sí, pero, francamente, es una mala y arriesgada decisión de Recursos Humanos despedir a alguien que se lesiona en el trabajo, a menos que tenga una buena razón más allá de la lesión en sí. Si el empleador lo despidió debido a sus lesiones laborales, entonces su compañía de seguros le deberá los beneficios "TTD", que son beneficios por incapacidad total temporal bajo la compensación de los trabajadores, siempre que el médico tratante lo tenga bajo restricciones laborales relacionadas con el accidente laboral. . TTD es un cheque de reemplazo de salario semanal, que es 2/3 de su salario semanal promedio antes de la lesión. Algunos estados tienen leyes "contra las represalias", que impiden que los empleadores tomen medidas contra los empleados que ejercen sus derechos de compensación laboral, pero desafortunadamente Georgia no es uno de esos estados. Debería serlo, en mi opinión, pero no lo es. Sin embargo, las empresas de Georgia están sujetas a varias leyes federales que pueden aplicarse o no a su empleador. La Ley de licencia médica familiar, por ejemplo, proporciona a los empleados con una condición de salud grave varios meses de licencia laboral protegida, pero sin goce de sueldo. Para resumir, tiene una situación complicada y debe consultar a un abogado. Te deseo la mejor de las suertes.

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