In California, all employers must carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Regardless of employee head count.
Most workers’ compensation claims are resolved without any issues. In some cases, there are disagreements. Sometimes paperwork is misfiled. Claims are late. Sometimes there are disputes concerning the circumstances around an injury.
These disagreements should not affect your employment. This is because of California Labor Code 132. CLC 132a is otherwise known as the anti-retaliation. According to CLC 132a, “there should not be discrimination against workers who are injured in the course and scope of their employment.”
What this means is that your employer cannot fire you for a work-related injury. Your employer cannot threaten to discharge you. If this occurs, you may be entitled to reinstatement. You may also be entitled to reimbursement for lost wages.
This also applies to your employer’s insurance carrier. Your employers’ insurance may not advice, direct, or threaten your employer to penalize you for being injured.
Being injured at work can be a difficult situation to be in. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney. An attorney will be able to listen to the details of your situation, and give you legal advice.