Texas - An Analysis of Workers Who Were Fired or Laid Off After a Work-Related Injury
Read the study summary at http://www.injuredworker.org/Library/Oregon_BOLI/An_analysis_of_workers_who_were_fired.pdf. Here's an excerpt:
• Overall, 21 percent of injured workers surveyed reported that they were either fired or
laid off after their work-related injury. (It is important to note that this does not mean that
these injured workers were fired or laid off as a result of their injuries, only that they
were fired or laid off at some point after they were injured.)
• The most common reasons given to injured workers by their employers (according to the
workers) for why they were fired/laid off included: the employer said the injured worker
was physically unable to perform any of the job duties; because they filed a workers'
compensation claim; some other reason (e.g., company was reorganizing); or business
• When injured workers were asked to give their own opinion as to why they were fired or
laid off after their injury, most believed it was because they filed a workers'
compensation claim; because their doctor said that they couldn't go back to work; or
because their employers did not believe that their injury was work-related.
• Most injured workers (52 percent) were fired more than six months after they reported
their injury, while most laid-off workers (64 percent) were let go within six months of
reporting their injury to their employer. Interestingly, over one-quarter (26 percent) of
laid-off workers were let go from their jobs within one week of reporting their injury to