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It is against the law of the State of California to discriminate against an injured worker in any manner. Any discrimination based upon the filing of a workers compensation claim should result in a Petition for Benefits pursuant to Labor Code Section 132(a). Specifically, if your employment was terminated due to a workers’ compensation claim you filed your former employer may be liable for additional benefits owed based upon their termination of your employment.
Filing a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment & fine. Insurance Code section 1871.4 provides that it is a felony to make or cause to be made any knowingly false or fraudulent material statement or material representation for the purpose of obtaining or denying any compensation, as defined in section 3207 of the Labor Code, or present or cause to be presented any knowingly false or fraudulent written or oral material statement in support of, or in opposition to, any claim for compensation for the purpose if obtaining for denying any compensation, as defined in section 3207 of the Labor Code. It is also a crime to knowingly assist, abet, conspire with or solicit any person in an unlawful act of workers compensation insurance fraud.
It is also a crime to make or cause to be made a knowingly false or fraudulent statement with regard to entitlement to benefits with the intent to discourage an injured worker from claiming benefits or pursuing a claim.
Workers’ Compensation fraud can increase the costs of doing business and can result in decreases (or no increases) in employee salaries, laying off employees or even going out of business. Workers compensation fraud can also increase health care and the costs of insurance for all Californians.
If you would like to obtain more information about the issue of workers’ compensation fraud, or would like to report an occurrence of workers compensation fraud, please access the Fraud Division’s Website at http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0300-fraud/ to obtain more information and locate the telephone number for the Fraud Division office nearest to you.