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In Washington state, can an employee be fired who has filed and L&I claim but has used 12 weeks of paid leave?

Washington is an at-will employment state. Meaning, either the employer or employee may terminate the relationship with or without cause or warning. However, an employee may not be terminated for filing a workplace rights compliant, safety complaint, or injured worker claim.

L&I covers medical bills for injured workers and often provides wage replacement benefits if the employee needs time off from work for recovery. Though an employer cannot terminate an employee for filing a claim, an employer is permitted to replace an employee who has been injured and is unable to work.

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