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I was injured at work while doing valet. I was hit by a car and damaged a muscle in my lower back and side. I was released back to work 2 weeks later from a doctor. I contacted my employer about the injury 3 days after it happened. The person who hit me was another employee that admitted he did it. My boss started yelling at me saying i was trying to f*ck his business and I said "sorry but my insurance wont cover a work related injury and I need to get it checked out" My boss finally took me to the doctor and we had it taken care of. I have yet to be paid for the 2 weeks I had off. And when I returned with the release paper they said they would not be bringing me back. During this entire time I texted my boss saying when I should be released and if I could do anything else with my restrictions and he said I could not return with the restrictions because he "didnt want to take the risk" also he said " I am not doing valet right now" and the day before I was released I passed by the business to see if he was doing valet and he was not. Then when I came back he said " I hired someone else to do it." and that was that. I am 100% sure he fired me over retaliation of workers comp. Also I am NOT 100% sure he filed it under workers comp. The department of labor in Alabama said I should probably contact an attorney over the matter. I am wondering in the state of Alabama do I have a case? Also what would I be fighting for? And what should I be asking for? I have no idea what to do. Please help =(
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I am kinda still scared about this because they said at the end "we had to hire someone else because you were out for 2 weeks" But in the text he said that he was not doing valet and made me think that I was going to get my job back. Also There was no valet going on before I came back with the paperwork saying I could come back. I am also worried that he will be able to say "I needed someone else because he was gone for 2 weeks." Even though he knew about when I was going to be released. Is that still legal?
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