West Virginia: Work Release Inmate Barred from Comp Benefits for Injuries Sustained While Working for State

West Virginia: Work Release Inmate Barred from Comp Benefits for Injuries Sustained While Working for State

W. Va. Code § 23–4–1e(b), which prohibits an inmate housed at a state work release center from collecting workers’ compensation benefits for an injury sustained while performing work for the state’s Division of Highways (DOH), but which apparently allows a similarly-housed inmate benefits if he or she is injured while working for a private employer, does not violate the inmate’s equal protection rights, held the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is the co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law (LexisNexis).

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See Crawford v. West Va. Dep’t of Corr. Work Release, 2017 W. Va. LEXIS 433 (June 8, 2017)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 64.03.

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law

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