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Officials fired due to insurance costs, not compensation claims: court



A group of Massachusetts detectives who were terminated because of the unfunded costs of their group health insurance did not show that they were discriminated against because they filed workers' compensation claims, a court of appeal ruled. Appeals on Wednesday confirmed the judgment of a senior judge in Mattar v. Cabral that the workers were dismissed in good faith, not because they were on disability leave. moved to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with health insurance also moved under the state umbrella.

After the transfer, the department was charged the cost of insuring workers who had been on leave for more than one year. The department found out that the estimated insurance premium for 1

2 employees who had been unemployed and had received employee benefits for more than a year was about $ 140,000. At that time, one employee had returned to work, nine others were approved for unintentional disability pension and two had applications pending.

In October 2013, the former workers filed a complaint that they were terminated in retaliation for filing workers' compensation claims. administrative determination of lack of funds "was a valid basis for their termination of employment. The Court of Appeal noted that the workers had claimed and received workers for at least one year before they were terminated, and that "no reasonable examination could find that the department terminated the complainants in retaliation for the collection of workers' compensation." Catalog

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