Harman Law - March/April 2020

AnotherWorkers’ Compensation Myth Busted!


No, You Can’t Be Fired for Filing a Claim

If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s common knowledge that the best thing you can do is file a workers’ compensation claim. This kind of claim will take care of you, providing medical care and replacement wages while you recover. However, even when such a claim is clearly necessary, a lot of people hesitate to file one because they’re worried about the consequences. All kinds of myths float around about workers’ compensation claims, but one of the most common (and most damaging) is the rumor that your employer can fire you simply for filing a claim. This is absolutely untrue! Even if your company wants to replace you, there are protections in place for workers against that kind of termination. Employers can’t legally retaliate against employees who have exercised their right to claim benefits for an injury that happened at work — that would undermine the whole system. This is complicated a bit by the fact that North Carolina is an at-will employment state, which means employers have discretion to fire employees for pretty much any reason. That alone seems like enough to cause alarm bells, however, workers’ compensation leave is an exception to the rule. What it comes down to is that you can be fired for an unrelated reason while you’re on leave, but you can’t be fired because you’re on leave. So, if you’re let go and told it’s because you’ve been injured and filed a workers’ compensation claim, that means you likely have grounds for a lawsuit. If your rights or the rights of someone you know have been violated this way, it’s time to seek out a qualified workers’ compensation attorney. Here at Harman Law, we help our clients with situations like this regularly. If you’d like a professional opinion on your situation, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can get you in for a free case review and let you know if a lawsuit is the best path for you.

Solution on Page 4

This St. Paddy’s Day, try taking a festive spin on a classic staple. If you have red velvet lovers in your family, they’re sure to love this equally decadent treat. GreenVelvet Cheesecake Bars


1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs 1 stick butter, melted 1 oz green food coloring (gel works best)

3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened

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2/3 cup sugar

3 eggs

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1/2 tsp vanilla extract Green sprinkles, optional


1. Heat oven to 350 F, and line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, combine crumbs, butter, and food coloring. Press into the baking pan. 3. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together. 4. Add eggs one at a time and stir in vanilla. 5. Pour mixture over the packed crumbs. 6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the center is set. 7. Let cool completely before adding sprinkles and slicing.


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