Questions About Employment and Workers’ Compensation

Can I be fired or demoted for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

Under 41-1-80, South Carolina protects workers who file a workers’ compensation claim from being fired or demoted. However, if you are habitually or willfully late or absent from work, drinking while at work, or violate specific company policy, the employer has an affirmative defense for their actions (basically that they will suffer no legal consequences if they can prove they fired you for these reasons).