I had carpal tunnel surgery on 12/29/08 returned to work on 03/02/09 and was fired on 04/17/09 with the excuse of me using extensive internet usage.
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: Workers comp
It is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee for filing a workers' comp claim. However, if they terminate that employee for an unrelated reason, then it would generally be okay. The question is whether or not you were in fact using the internet at work for personal reasons beyond what is allowed. If not, then you may have a retaliatory discharge claim. Especially if other workers do the same thing and never get terminated.