Worker’s Compensation Retaliation
Worker’s compensation benefits, also known as workman’s comp, kicks in when a worker is injured while performing their standard job duties. Injuries include short-term ailments as well as those that result in permanent disability. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you could be compensated for any hospital bills, prescription or doctor’s bills, lost wages from missing work, and other damages.
If you have been injured at work, make sure to seek medical attention right away and tell your doctor to fully document your injuries. This will help to determine the full financial amount you are owed to cover the full scope of your injuries. Whether your injury will take a few months or a few years to recover from, or if you suffered a permanent injury that will require a lifetime of treatment, you want to make sure you are compensated accordingly.What Constitutes Retaliation?
Most people think that retaliation is an employee being terminated for choosing to file a worker’s compensation claim. However, there are many ways an employer can retaliate against an employee, including, but not limited to, any of the actions listed below:
- Poor performance reviews
- Refusing to give a rightfully earned promotion
- Wage reduction
- Singling out or threatening a worker
- Demoting an employee for no good reason
- Interfering with any part of a claim related to workers' compensation
- Taking away or withholding benefits, such as healthcare, sick days, vacation, etc.
- Adding duties or taking away tasks from normal job responsibilities
- Writing up an employee or taking other disciplinary action for no good reason
Employers can fire, demote or otherwise discipline a worker at any time as long as the action can be justified and is not due to a worker’s compensation claim being filed. Moreover, any action taken by an employer towards a worker must comply with all employment laws.Legal Remedies for Retaliation - Call Whittel & Melton - 866-608-5529
Are you a victim of employer retaliation? You must stand up for yourself and fight for your rights. Our Florida Employment Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can review your workers' compensation retaliation claims and determine if any legal action can be taken against your employer. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.
We handle all types of worker’s compensation matters throughout the state of Florida, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Pinellas and Pasco County, Sarasota and Manatee County, Tampa/Hillsborough County, Polk County, Orlando, Boca Raton, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Naples, Spring Hill, Brooksville, Inverness, Ocala, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, The Villages and various other Florida communities.