3. May an employer retaliate against or terminate a worker because he or she filed a workers' compensation claim?
If you suffer a work-related injury or occupational disease, you should report the incident immediately, without exception. Your employer is not permitted to fire you, demote you, or take any adverse employment action against you because you filed a workers' compensation claim. To do so would be a violation of the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discharge Act (REDA). Any REDA violation should be reported to the North Carolina Department of Labor. As always, you may also Contact Bowman Law for assistance under such circumstances.