If you’ve been hurt on the job, you might be worried about your right to keep your job protected while you’re off work recovering. In Massachusetts, employees are not entitled to this job protection. This means that your employer doesn’t have to hold your job open for you. However, there is one exception to this rule: it is illegal for your employer to fire you if you have filed a workers’ compensation claim or if you’re receiving benefits. This is illegal retaliation. Our workers’ compensation attorney at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C. has years of experience representing injured victims across the state of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts does, in fact, provide some rights to injured workers. If you’ve lost your job while you were on workers’ compensation leave, your former employer must give you a hiring preference when you’re ready to come back. This means that you are preferred over nonemployee job applicants. To be eligible for rehire, the employer must have a job open, you must be qualified for this job, and physically capable to perform it. If you were denied a suitable job, you can file a lawsuit and recover your lost wages with the help of our experienced workers’ compensation attorney in and around Boston, MA.
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Our workers’ compensation attorney understands the laws associated with job protection and FMLA. To learn more about FMLA and if you’re eligible for job protection, contact our workers’ compensation attorney today at 800-367-0871. The law firm of Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C. is based in Boston, but we also serve Suffolk County including Boston, Jamaica Plain, and Revere; Middlesex County including Cambridge, Framingham, Lowell, Malden, Newton, Somerville, and Waltham; Norfolk County including Brookline; Essex County including Haverhill, Lawrence, and Salem; Worcester County including Fitchburg, Leominster, and Worcester as well as Plymouth County including Brockton and Plymouth.