Most employees in Colorado are considered to be “at-will” employees. In essence, this means that an employee may be terminated at any time and for any reason. However, employers must follow the law when it comes to firing employees. If you have been threatened with termination after getting injured on the job, or if you were fired for seeking workers’ compensation benefits following an injury, you may have a legal claim against your employer.
At the Eley Law Firm, our Denver lawyer has been protecting the rights of injured workers throughout Colorado for 30 years. We can provide you with a free consultation so you know your rights after you have been injured in a workplace accident.
Workers’ compensation is designed as a no-fault system. This means that it doesn’t matter whether the employer or the employee is to blame when an on-the-job injury occurs. The injured employee is still entitled to pursue workers’ comp benefits. As such, it is against the law for an employer to interfere with an employee’s quest for benefits, including terminating an employee following an on-the-job injury as a result of the employee filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Most employers will never admit that they terminated an employee because he or she was injured at work. They will often point to some unrelated, usually performance-based reason for why the employee was terminated. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your termination. We will look for any previous performance issues and how the employer has treated similar employees in the past. You can rest assured that we will get to the root cause of your termination and if your employer has violated the law we can work to hold them accountable.
You only have a short period of time in which to pursue a claim against your employer. That is why it is important to seek skilled legal advice from our attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online at 303-785-2828 for a free case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you with your workers’ comp case.