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Winston-Salem Vocational Rehabilitation Lawyers

Refusal to Rehire After Work Injury

Adding insult to injury, has your employer said you can't return to work after your disability leave for a job-related injury? You are entitled to compensation if you are not allowed to return to work for your employer.

Maynard & Harris Attorneys at Law, PLLC, takes aggressive action against an attempt to terminate you, cut your wages or retaliate against you in any way for filing a workers' compensation claim. Our lawyers offer strong advocacy to workers in Winston-Salem and surrounding areas of North Carolina. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your situation.

Return to Work Issues

Your goal is our goal — to return you to the same job, with the same employer, at the same pay. We understand that the boss may have made some modifications to account for your absence, but that doesn't change your rights.

Under North Carolina law, your employer must choose to:

  • Give you your old job back and accommodate any doctor's restrictions
  • Offer other suitable work at a comparable wage (not menial "made work" nor jobs beyond your physical abilities, education or training)
  • Continue your workers' comp disability benefits while you look elsewhere, including weekly wages and vocational rehabilitation benefits

If there is no current position available that will meet your needs (particularly if you suffered a permanent disability that prevents you from returning to your former position and reasonable accommodations still will not allow you to perform your old job duties), your employer must give you first consideration for job openings until you have found other employment.

If your employer won't take you back, reduced your pay, demoted you, is giving you menial or degrading tasks in an attempt to force you to quit, hired someone else to take your job or refuses to pay your workers' comp benefits, contact Maynard & Harris.

Celeste Harris is a board-certified workers' compensation specialist with over 25 years of experience. She can negotiate a compromise or play hardball with your employer. She will represent you in appeals to the Industrial Commission on all return-to-work issues — often resolved through mediation — and will seek monetary damages for unreasonable refusal to rehire, failure to accommodate a disability or wrongful termination. Vocational Rehabilitation may be recommended if you can't return to your old job. Celeste will help you get through the vocational process and protect your benefits while you look for other meaningful work.

Contact Ms. Harris at 336-777-1411 or 877-230-9100 to learn your rights and assert them. She offers a free initial consultation. You can also contact her online .

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