A: Your employer should have advised all employees if there was exposure to a toxic amount of mold. Whether or not this amounts to a valid workers compensation claim would depend on particular state law and usually there is a requirement that the exposed individual be injured by the exposure.
A: To answer your question, they can because they did. The solution is seeking out representation by a qualified attorney who will argue on your behalf. Because they used time that you earned you are entitled to seek payments from the workers compensation insurer. While you may not recover a complete "pay back" you could quite possibly get a good portion of that time back.
If you have an attorney have he or she work on this. If you don't have an attorney then you should contact one.
This answer is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advise. Each and every case is different in numerous ways and for legal advise a verbal consultation is needed.
A: Yes. Under workers compensation laws of Maryland you very likely would qualify for vocational rehabilitation. If it has not been offered to you an attorney can help get this approved. You would receive payments from workers comp while looking for a job with the assistance of a voc counselor.
Workers comp attorneys do not charge a fee unless money is recovered. Seek out a consultation. Good Luck!
This information is not legal advice nor does it establish an attorney to client relationship. To retain an attorney an in person interview must be conducted and a retainer agreement must be signed.