DECEMBER 9, 2010 by Bill Abbott
Being terminated from any job is never easy. Particularly if you’ve been injured on the job, there are a variety of reasons an employer may look to terminate you.
Most people who are injured on a maritime job think dismissal is inevitable. The term “At-will employment” is fairly confusing to many people. It implies that either the employer or employee can leave the working relationship at any time for a variety of reasons.
Because the at-will terminology tends to get thrown around, many injured workers believe that being terminated as retaliation for an injury sustained on the job is somehow legally and ethically acceptable. A Houston Jones Act attorney can tell you termination due to an on-the-job injury is not, in fact, legally acceptable.
Many employers may try to skirt around wrongful termination by attempting to prove you were terminated for reasons other than the injury. A Jones Act lawyer Houston has dealt with wrongful termination before, and will be able to look at history on both sides of the matter to get an idea of whether a wrongful termination suit may be in your best interest.
Wrongful termination applies, in this case, to retaliation. If your employers consider you a financial liability, it makes sense that they might try to get rid of you. Because you were injured in the conditions that they provided you to work, the Jones Act dictates that you should receive compensation for your work injury. A Houston Jones Act attorney can give more details, and in this situation a consultation with one can be very helpful to you.
Wrongful termination happens to many people who are injured at maritime jobs. Employers may think they know the best ways to get around the law, but a tough Jones Act lawyer Houston has seen it all before, and can do what is necessary to ensure that if you receive a settlement, it’s fair and what is due you for your pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and more.
If you feel you’ve been wrongfully terminated because you were injured on a maritime job, even if your employers are trying to tell you that you were terminated for a reason other than your injury, it may be in your best interest to contact a Houston Jones Act lawyer. At Ogletree Abbott Law Firm, Houston Jones Act lawyers literally wrote the book on this topic. Schedule a free consultation at your convenience.