It’s normal for those who get hurt on the job to worry that their injury is going to keep them from working. Thankfully, workers’ compensation benefits can help you cover your household expenses while you recover and can also pay for the cost of the medical care that you need after you get hurt on the job.
Your employer should also do their best to help you get back to work. Providing reasonable accommodations such as the following are ways for your employer to accommodate your injury so that you can keep working during your recovery:
- Allowing you to sit during your shift
- Giving you different job responsibilities that don’t strain your injured body parts
- Even transferring you to an administrative position instead of one where you are on your feet all day
Unfortunately, even after you go back to work, it’s possible that your employer could hold a grudge and punish you for seeking the benefits you have a right to under the law.
Some employers resent employees who make workers’ compensation claims
Although your employer pays for workers’ compensation insurance, it is a benefit that protects both them and their staff. Staff members receive the protection that comes from knowing they will have at least a portion of their wages replaced if they get hurt and their medical cost covered. Employers benefit because they don’t have financial liability for the injuries and losses suffered by their workers.
Even valid and necessary claims against a policy can increase the amount of the premium that a company pays. That could mean that a manager, owner or executor develops negative feelings toward the worker who got hurt on the job.
Companies know that they should not retaliate
Federal employment law protects workers from companies that would punish them for reporting wrongdoing or requesting appropriate benefits, like workers’ compensation. The company may know that they can’t directly fire you just for filing a claim, so they may try to force you out.
From hostile attitudes to difficult job responsibilities, worse schedules or unfounded disciplinary action, there are many ways that employers choose to retaliate against workers. They might try to build a case for firing you or make you miserable enough to quit on your own.
If you find yourself in a situation where your employer has punished you or seems to be trying to fire you because you filed a workers’ compensation claim, keeping a detailed record of the actions that you believe are retaliation can help if you need to take action against your employer.