Can an Employee on South Carolina Workers Compensation Be Terminated? | HawkLaw, P.A.

Can an Employee on South Carolina Workers Compensation Be Terminated?

Posted in Workers Compensation on February 6, 2020

After a serious work accident, it can feel like your job is on the line. You’re unable to work, so why should they keep you on the payroll? Many workers are concerned that they could lose their jobs for reporting a work accident. That’s especially true if the workplace is unsafe and not up to standard. 

Can you, as an employee, on South Carolina workers comp be terminated? If you’re concerned about keeping your job and your benefits, the following is what you need to know about your workers comp situation. 

You Can’t Be Fired for Filing a Claim

First, your rights as an employee protect you from being fired for filing a claim. South Carolina may be a right-to-work state, which means employers can fire at will, but that doesn’t extend to workers comp claims.

If you file a workers comp claim and your employer tries to fire you, talk to your workers comp lawyer—you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer. 

South Caroline works to ensure that employees are safe from retaliation. However, that protection mainly extends to your workers comp benefits. If you’re unable to work for some time, you may not be guaranteed a job when you’re well.