Despite it being within your full rights as an injured employee to pursue workers’ compensation benefits, your employer may not be pleased with the fact. Some employers may discreetly attempt to discourage you, while others will go as far as threatening to fire you if you file a workers compensation claim. Perhaps the most common scenario, however, is the one where an employee returns to a hostile workplace environment. Workplace retaliation refers to any negative conduct on the part of your employer upon your filing a workers compensation claim. It ranges from mild to severe, but this behavior is illegal no matter how minimal it may be.
Common examples of workplace retaliation include, but are not limited to:
- Negative job actions such as demotion, firing, blocking advancement, salary reduction, reassignment, disciplinary action, etc.
- Hostility including harassing conduct, exclusion from meetings or outings, unfair evaluations, intimidation, etc.
What Can I Do?
Sometimes, there may be a legitimate explanation as to why your employer's behavior has suddenly changed. It is best not to jump to conclusions, though you should keep a record of any and all incidents which you feel violate employer conduct. If you voice your concerns and are met with denial or refusal to change, it is vital you enlist the services of a trusted legal team and reach out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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If you are a victim of workplace retaliation after your on-the-job injury, there is too much on the line to risk moving forward without a top-rated legal team to fight for you. We at the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin will explore every strategy to ensure your case is as foolproof as possible by meticulously and tirelessly protecting your best interests until the very end.
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