It Is Illegal To Retaliate Against Ill Or Injured Workers
When employees fall sick or get injured on the job, they have a right to pursue compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Through Georgia’s workers’ compensation program, individuals and their families have a legal means to obtain benefits following a workplace accident.
But employers often do not like workers who file workers’ comp claims. This is not surprising. Employers pay for the workers’ compensation program, and their insurance costs can increase sharply if a sick or injured worker pursues restitution or payment. That’s why employers can go to great lengths to convince employees not to file workers’ comp claims or punish those who do.
It is illegal for employers to retaliate in any way when an employee files for workers’ compensation. And we can help fight back. The lawyers at The Garber Law Firm have more than 15 years of experience asserting the rights and interests of workers in Marietta and throughout northern Georgia. We assist employees in all manner of disputes with their employers, including in their efforts to pursue workers’ compensation, and prevent their employers from taking retaliatory measures.
What Employers Cannot Do
Workers are vulnerable. Their livelihoods depend on the whims of their employers. The idea of upsetting one’s supervisor can be incredibly scary. This is why state and federal laws explicitly protect workers from many forms of retaliation.
When a worker pursues compensation, it is illegal for employers to take the following actions:
- Firing the employee
- Reducing the employee’s hours
- Changing the employee’s schedule unfavorably
- Changing the employee’s work location
- Writing a poor performance review
- Reducing the employee’s salary
- Threatening to undertake any of these actions
Illegal activity is not always easy to detect. Employees may feel threatened while remaining uncertain of how to prove they are enduring harassment.
This is why consulting with an attorney can be key. At The Garber Law Firm, we know how to spot the signs of employer retaliation. We know how to investigate a case and establish when the law has been transgressed. We know how to protect workers’ rights.