Thank you for the information and your question. Based solely on the information you have provided, it does appear that you might possibly have a wrongful termination
case for termination
because you have a worker's compensation claim. I say that because if you informed your employer as soon as you could of the injury, it generally would not be a valid reason to terminate you for not necessarily jumping through the right hoops. This just does not look good, timing wise, for the employer.
That said, NC is an employment "at will
" state, so that means that an employer may terminate an employee for any, or no, reason as long as it doesn't violate an employment contract
, company policy, employment discrimination
law or is in retaliation
for asserting a right under wage
worker's compensation, or discrimination laws. So, if it weren't for this termination being related to your WC claim, they would likely be able to lawfully terminate you.
So, you will need to sit down with a local employment law
attorney and discuss the facts in detail about their policies and your current injury and report and what the employer did and said in relation to your termination, to come up with a plan of action. That might involve your attorney writing a letter to Senior Management asking them to reinstate you and pointing out the legal violations, or it might be filing suit. Your attorney will have to advise you how they think it should best be handled.
Please let me know if you have any specific follow up questions. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.