Discrimination against someone because they have filed a workers compensation claim is illegal in Oregon. We do not pursue these cases at Moore & Jensen because they are complicated and can be difficult. I do know lawyers who do this kind of work. I have worked closely with them to get a good result on both the Workers Compensation side and the employment side.
Veteran Fire Captain Gets $270,000 in WC Retaliation Claim
The Paterson City Council this week agreed to pay a former fire captain $270,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed the 26-year veteran was dismissed because of a workers’ compensation payout, the Paterson Times newspaper reported.
Former Capt. Carl Larson claimed retaliation and age discrimination after he said he was forced to retire in 2013 after winning more than $105,000 in injury benefits. His case was initially dismissed in court, but an appeals court in October ruled in his favor on several points.
The fire chief at the time allegedly told Larson that the city felt that the fire captain had become a liability, according to the lawsuit.
City officials in Paterson have denied discriminating against Larson. They said the cost of the court award will be covered by insurance.