Listen as Patrick Spencer discusses whether your employer can fire you while you are on workers’ compensation in the State of Colorado.
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. In Colorado, an at-will employment state, your employer can fire you for almost any reason if you do not have a contract. However, it is illegal for them to fire you in retaliation for a workers’ compensation claim. Employers may be inclined to cite another reason as an excuse for the termination, as Colorado’s laws actually provide an incentive to fire you.
In Colorado, if you are terminated from your job with cause, the law states that you cannot collect wage loss benefits. For cause, typically the employer only has to show that you had some control over the situation that led to your termination. It is important to know that being terminated for cause can lead to problems in your workers’ comp claim. You will want to follow all of your employer’s rules after an injury to avoid being terminated. Watch the video to learn more.
If you have additional questions regarding termination after filing a workers’ compensation claim in Colorado, I want you to call me at 719- 632-4808. Visit our educational website at 2spencers.com for more videos and media content from our firm.
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