Many Pennsylvania residents and others around the country look forward to the time they can retire from their jobs. They hope their retirement years will be full of enjoyable activities, hobbies, spending time with family or even pursuing other careers. However, some employees may not view retiring in a positive light. A fire captain in another state recently filed a lawsuit, claiming that he was forced to retire after he received a workers’ compensation settlement.
The former captain had worked for his city for around 26 years before he had to retire. Though he did not want to retire, he states that officials from the fire department used workers’ compensation payout for work-related injuries as the reason. A former fire chief allegedly told the captain that he would be terminated because he was a liability, according to the legal department. He was also told that, if he returned to work after his injuries, he would be suspended without pay. The captain, who was encouraged not to fight the decision, believed he had no option other than to retire.
The former captain’s lawsuit stated that the fire officials had retaliated by using his workers’ comp claims against him. Also, the case claimed that he had been discriminated against on the basis of age. Municipal records in the area show that a settlement was reached, and the former employee will receive $270,000.
Pennsylvania employees have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits after they have experienced an injury on the job. If someone has not received these benefits or has been wrongfully terminated after receiving the benefits, it would be wise to contact a Pennsylvania attorney who is familiar with workers’ compensation law. A knowledgeable lawyer will help clients receive the benefits to which they are entitled. If additional litigation is warranted, a strong legal team will provide assistance throughout every step of the process.
Source: Jayed Rahman, “Former Paterson fire captain gets $270,000 in retaliation lawsuit“, Jayed Rahman, March 22, 2018