How a Car Accident Can Affect Your Employment 

This is a question we are asked all too often in car accident or other injury cases in Kansas City.  If your or a loved one were seriously injured in an accident, it may be difficult or impossible to go back to work. Surely, you can't be fired by your employer or laid off simply because another party (who was at-fault) caused you to get injured?

Unfortunately, the general answer is “Yes, you can be fired”.  Both Missouri and Kansas have laws that, by default, make employees "at-will". This means that your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all so long as they do not violate anti-discrimination laws or other applicable state or federal laws.

Can my employer fire me after being injured?

For example, there are federal laws such as the FMLA (the Family Medical Leave Act) and ADA (American with Disabilities Act). These laws provide some protection in narrow circumstances. In addition, if you have an employment contract or are a member of a union subject to a collective bargaining agreement, then you may have additional protection such as filing a grievance.

If you are wrongfully terminated under state or federal law, any claim that arises would be a separate employment case.  Our firm works with employment law attorneys quite regularly and can refer you to them for a free evaluation.

Contact Our Kansas City Accident Attorney

Still have questions about your injury claim in Missouri or Kansas?  For more information, please download a free copy of my book, Crash Course, which includes the 9 mistakes that can wreck your injury claim.

You can also contact our firm by calling (816) 203-0143 or by filling out a form below.  Contacting us is FREE and confidential, and there is no obligation to hire our firm.  We would be happy to try to assist you.

Kevin J. McManus
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Kevin McManus is an accident injury and disability lawyer in Kansas City, MO, and Overland Park, KS