Posted On: December 21, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Former Madison City Employee Says He Was Fired After Receiving Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits

A former worker for the city of Madison, Illinois, says he was fired because he filed a claim for workers’ compensation. He was discharged after receiving his benefits.

Courtney Burrell, a bobcat worker, say he was injured on September 14, 2007 when he was hit by a live electrical wire while clearing debris from a stand-alone garage that had been demolished. He filed a workers’ compensation claim and was paid his benefits.

On December 12, 2007, the city of Madison fired him because he allegedly did not have a valid driver’s license. Burrell says no one told him that he needed an Illinois CDL and he had been using his Missouri commercial driver’s license. After he was let go, he obtained an Illinois CDL.

Burrell filed his Illinois lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court. He is seeking over $50,000 plus costs and other relief.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
As an Illinois worker injured on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer without fear of reprisals. An Illinois employer is supposed to pay for all necessary medical services that an injured worker needs to recover or obtain relief from the disease or injury. The employer must also reimburse the Illinois worker of any wages lost from time taken off from work to heal.

While at-will employment allows an employer to fire a worker for no reason or any reason, there are certain reasons for why an employee cannot be fired an employer. In Illinois, exercising one’s rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act by filing a workers’ compensation claim is one of them.

Madison employee claims he was fired after getting workers' comp., Madison County Record, December 15, 2008

Related Web Resources:

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

City of Madison

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