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The causes of Workers' Compensation retaliation claims

Our strategic partner, HR That Works!, conducted an examination of California Labor Code, Section 132(a) Workers Compensation retaliation claims filed over many years. Although the analysis was based on California cases, many other states handle Workers’ Comp retaliation claims in a similar manner.  When filing a Section 132(a) claim, “in addition to establishing that the industrial injury has resulted in some detriment, the worker must also prove that he or she was singled out for disadvantageous treatment because of the injury.”

Here’s a summary of these cases:

Conduct that will not result in a 132(a) verdict:

What’s not OK:

Note that ERISA often preempts benefit discrimination claims in this area.