Can I be fired for filing a workers’ comp claim?

March 17, 2016

You got hurt at work and need medical treatment. You are stressed and worried that you are going to be out of work. You need your wages to support yourself and your family.  hen it crosses your mind, “Can my boss fire me for filing a workers’ compensation claim?”

The answer is no. You can’t be fired for making a workers’ comp claim.

North Carolina has a Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) that makes it illegal to fire someone because you file a claim. If you feel that your employer has fired or demoted you or taken some action against you because of your workers’ comp claim, you can file a claim with the NC Department of Labor within 180 days.

Laws protecting workers can be complicated. Time limits apply if you have been retaliated against because you tried to exercise your rights. Consult us if you have questions. Valerie Johnson and Leto Copeley have experience with fighting discrimination because of workers’ comp claims.


Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC is a law firm focused on representing individuals and their family members who find themselves in circumstances that they never expected.  Their clients include those who have been injured on the job, on the road, and on the premises of businesses and public facilities.  They also help those whose employers have violated their legal rights.  For more on this firm, visit