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132a

California Labor Code Section 132a

Employer Discrimination Claims

Under California law, it is illegal to discriminate against workers who are injured in the course and scope of their employment, and they are protected from retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Pursuant to Labor Code §132(a), a worker is protected from discharge, threats of discharge and discrimination because they have filed or made known their intention to file a claim for workers’ comp. If a violation is found, the employee’s compensation shall be increased by one-half, but no more than $10,000, together with costs and expenses not in excess $250. A discriminated employee shall also be entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the employer’s actions.

Pursuant to Labor Code Section §132(a), an employee has the right to file a separate claim against an employer if they are wrongfully terminated as result of being injured on the job and/or filing a workers' compensation claim.

Labor Code §132(a) violations are not the same as direct discrimination, EEOC complaints, wrongful termination or other employment/labor disputes which are deemed “civil” in nature and would require specific labor/employment law counsel. 132(a) claims are generally not covered by the workers' compensation carrier but are deemed as “separate” actions filed under the auspices of the existing workers' compensation action.

At The Bridgeford Law Office, our experienced Santa Clarita workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping clients in dealing with issues such as Labor Code §132(a) violations, if they arise.

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