Minnesota employees are protected from being fired in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. That means employers have to think twice before discharging such an employee for anything but the most solid reasons.
Recent case: Susan Kaufenberg worked for Schwan’s Home Services until she was fired for allegedly providing false information on a medical form she completed during the hiring process. She failed to note that she suffers from a neck injury.
But Kaufenberg wasn’t fired until after she filed a workers’ comp claim. She sued for retaliation.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals said her case should go to trial so a jury could decide whether the termination was related to her workers’ comp claim. (Kaufenberg v. Schwan’s Home Services, No. A08-1214, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2009)
Final note: Always consider how a jury will view your actions.