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You have the right to file a workers’ comp[ensation] claim for a work-related injury or illness, and your employer has the legal responsibility to respond to your claim. There are benefits for you, as the claimant, and your employer, as the respondent, to settle your workers’ comp claim without going to court – but that does not mean that your employer will be happy about it and it is possible that your employer may retaliate against you for filing a workers’ comp claim. Retaliation for filing a worker’s comp claim is illegal. Your employer may have retaliated against you if you were unjustly fired, if you weren’t promoted, if you received an undeserved poor employee review or if you had an unfair increase in job responsibilities, for example. If you have suffered from any of these or other retaliatory actions, then you may have the right to sue your employer for damages that resulted from your retaliation.