Experiencing an injury at work can be both physically traumatic, and emotionally traumatic, as well. Some may feel multiple types of stress during this time.
This can be particularly true if your employer chooses to retaliate because you filed for worker’s compensation. Being alert to the signs of retaliation can be important for those that have filed for worker’s comp.
What is retaliation?
Retaliation is when an employer negatively reacts to an employee’s decision to file for worker’s compensation. It often involves attempts to terminate an employee who has filed for compensation or an effort to talk them out of filing if they have not already done so. Retaliation occurs on a regular basis, even though it is illegal for an employer to retaliate.
Know the signs of retaliation
There can be multiple signs of retaliation to look out for if an employee has filed for worker’s comp. One of them is that an employer might try to drastically reduce hours in an attempt to get an employee to quit. They may also reduce pay, or find ways to demote the employee. They could also give write-ups, or otherwise punish an employee. None of these things are permissible, and if you have experienced them, it can be important to get the right kind of help to deal with the situation.
If someone has had to file for worker’s compensation, they may be going through a difficult time. This can be especially true if they are being subjected to retaliation. The upside is, though, that by getting the right help they can help ensure that they are keeping themselves and their rights protected.