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If you have been out of work since 2014 due to a medical injury, there really is not much that you can do to protect the job. Worker's compensation is insurance. It is just intended to make sure that if you are injured on the job, you are covered for the medical injury. WC does not, however, protect your right to return to the same job that you left due to the injury. It is for this reason that the Family Medical Leave Act had to be passed, and that law is used in conjunction with WC when a person is injured on the job. However, the FMLA is limited in scope and only protects your job for up to 12 weeks in a 12 month period. If you have been out of work since 2014, your job protected under the FMLA has lapsed many times over and the employer legally is not required to return you to employment, even if you have been cleared to return.
The WC check, in this situation, isn't the issue. It's not the reason you wouldn't be allowed to return, so you actually have no legal reason to refuse the check because it won't legally compel the employer to take you back on the job.
I wish I could tell you differently here, but your best recourse is to accept the check and then apply with the employer as a means of trying to get a job with them. If they have openings but refuse to hire you, then you can claim that they are refusing to hire you solely based on the fact that you used WC before, and that is illegal.
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