Workers’ Compensation Retaliation
Employees who suffer injuries on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits usually come from employers’ insurance policies and help to keep an injured worker financially stable while he or she is recovering from an injury and is unable to work.
Unfortunately, some employers may retaliate against their workers who claim workers’ compensation benefits. If you or someone you love has been the victim of workers’ compensation retaliation, contact the Austin labor lawyers of The Melton Law Firm, today at 512-330-0017.
Acts of Retaliation
Employers may retaliate against their employees who have claimed workers’ compensation in a number of ways. Most commonly, these acts of retaliation include:
- Demoting the worker upon his or her return
- Docking the worker’s pay
- Bullying the worker
- Firing the worker shortly after returning
Each of these acts is illegal under U.S. labor laws. Though employers may see their insurance rates increase after a workers’ compensation claim, they are not allowed to compensate for this loss of income by punishing the worker who made the claim.
Workers’ compensation claims should not get you fired, bullied, or otherwise punished. If you or your loved one was the victim of workers’ compensation retaliation, contact the Austin employment attorneys of The Melton Law Firm, at 512-330-0017 today to learn more about your legal rights and options.