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Worker Claims He was Fired For Filing Workers' Comp Claim

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Through workers' compensation, an employee is often entitled to receive certain benefits when he or she suffers from an occupational disease or accidental personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment. FindLaw states that it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for filing a workers' compensation claim. In Texas, an employer is also prohibited from telling an employee not to file a workers' compensation claim. Any employee that is terminated or retaliated against should contact a Houston employment lawyer to learn more information on filing a lawsuit.

The Southeast Texas Record reports that a Jefferson County resident recently filed suit against his former employer, Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems, alleging that he was fired after filing for workers' compensation benefits in the state of Texas. The plaintiff says that he was terminated on July 29 for "lack of production," but says that the real reason behind his discharge is a form of retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim. The former employee's complaint was filed on September 30 in the Jefferson County District Court.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff Charles Cunningham claims that because of his termination, he suffered from lost wages, emotional pain, inconvenience, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. The man is now seeking back wages, front pay, exemplary damages, interest, costs and other relief through the lawsuit against Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems.

If you have questions about a specific claim related to employment law, you may want to consult with a Houston employment lawyer. Houston employment lawyers can often assess your situation and tell you if you have a possible legal claim.

Related Resources:

  • Workers' Compensation Benefits and Returning to Work (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • Wrongful Termination Claims (FindLaw)

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