As an injured worker suffering from a work-related injury the last thing you should have to worry about is workplace retaliation, bullying, or fear of losing your job because you reported an injury. The laws designed around reporting workplace injuries make it very easy for injured workers to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, the anti-retaliation laws are tougher to enforce. Employers, and co-workers may start treating the injured worker differently but what sorts of behavior constitutes retaliation?
So you filed a claim and now your boss and co-workers are acting differently around you. But what counts as retaliation? Common examples would include being fired, demoted, or a reduction in pay or hours. Other more subtle examples would be- denying you a promotion or raise you were lined up for, give you poor performance reviews without showing good cause, or excluding you from staff meeting or get togethers that you were a part of prior to your injury.
Of course, your employer may have a valid reason for some of the above-mentioned actions. And retaliation is something you will want to report to a supervisor, human resources, as well as your workers’ compensation attorney.
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If you have suffered a workplace retaliation after you reported a work-related injury, you will want to contact an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney. Call The Injury Brothers, LLP, to speak to a workers compensation attorney who can help!