As an employee and a contractor. Can a bussiness retaliate because a worker that worked for me got hurt and is sueing them?

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As an employee and a contractor. Can a bussiness retaliate because a worker that worked for me got hurt and is sueing them?

An employee that worked for me in my cleaning service. Broke his leg while opening the gate at the place where we were going in to clean. I work for this company as an employee and a contractor. the guy is sueing the company. Can they retaliate and fire me and end their verbal cleaning contract with me? I have been working for them for 5 years and have been their cleaning service for 4 years>

Asked on June 5, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Why would they retaliate against you -- because you would testify against them?

What does your contractual agreement state? Can you be fired only for cause? What does your employee handbook say? If you are concerned, pose an inquiry to the Virginia Dept of Labor or consult with a private labor lawyer about your particular situation.  Try www.attorneypages.com to locate a lawyer and check his or her record at the Virginia State Bar.


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