Across the nation, it is both morally wrong and outright illegal to retaliate against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Retaliation over a workers’ comp claim could result in harsh consequences for offenders.
As you may know, workers’ compensation retaliation takes many forms such as termination, pay reduction and demotion.
What can you do to protect yourself from retaliation?
Documentation can be your best friend in identifying and then ending retaliation. Consider taking detailed notes anytime your superiors or your co-workers engage in retaliatory behavior. It is also wise to ask anyone who witnessed retaliatory conduct to also consider documenting the wrongdoing.
Keep in mind that retaliation can take many different forms, including negative comments, transfers to a less-desirable worksite, a negative change in your job duties, reduced hours or reduced responsibility and more.
Make a formal appointment with your superiors or the human resource department and discuss your concerns. Explain what is happening, including detailed descriptions of the retaliation you are experiencing. If one or more of your supervisors are not aware of your hardships, they may take it upon themselves to end the conduct.
The law is on your side if you’ve experienced retaliation over a workers’ comp claim
Of course, Kentucky law can play a critical role in protecting you from workers’ compensation retaliation. Consider learning more about these critical issues, especially if you feel strongly about keeping your current job despite retaliation. The steps you take today can help prevent others from going through similar issues.
You can learn more about workplace retaliation by reading more of our blog and our website. Information really is power when you want to protect your rights and your future.