Many employees who have been injured on the job hesitate to file a worker’s compensation claim. You might worry that your employer would rather fire you than allow you to collect benefits, or that you’ll lose an important position. Fortunately, workers’ comp law and several other statutes provide protection for injured workers, so you can get the benefits you need without fear.
3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Worry About Employer Retaliation
1. Retaliation Is Illegal Under State Law
While your employer doesn’t have to hold your job while you recover from your injuries, most states make it illegal for them to fire you because you filed a claim. Ohio’s workers’ comp law expressly forbids employers from taking any retaliatory action against an employee for taking advantage of their rights. Retaliation can include everything from termination to demotion or transferring you to a less prominent position.
2. The Americans With Disabilities Act Offers Extra Protection
If your injuries are severe enough to be considered a disability, federal law might make it illegal to terminate you under certain circumstances. If you believe you can still do your job with reasonable accommodations, your employer may be required to take steps to preserve your job.
3. An Attorney Can Help
If you believe you’ve been retaliated against by your employer, an attorney with workers’ comp law experience can help. Proving that your employer violated your rights can often be difficult, but lawyers will have the resources and experience to present the strongest case possible. With their help, you may be able to collect more compensation for your losses.
As board-certified specialists in workers’ comp law, the legal team at Stringer, Stringer, & Gasior has extensive experience helping injured workers throughout Lorain County. They don’t get paid unless you get paid, so you know they’ll work hard to protect your rights. To schedule a consultation, visit their website now or call (440) 934-7676.