Many employees may be hesitant to come forward and report a work injury or pursue a workers' compensation claim out of fear that their employer may retaliate against them. While some signs of employer retaliation may be overt, there are others that many workers may not even realize are retaliatory acts.
Here are some examples of employer retaliation following a workplace injury.
Examples of Employer Retaliation
For some workers, being demoted or having reduced hours may be the only clear sign that your employer is treating you differently for reporting a workplace injury. However, there are many more signs that could be considered retaliation, including:
- Being denied a promotion or pay increase without reason
- Receiving unwarranted or uncharacteristically negative performance reviews
- Being assigned more difficult or dangerous tasks
- Increased surveillance or monitoring at work
- Being isolated or excluded from work events or meetings
- Being transferred to another team without warning or reasoning
What Can I Do About Employer Retaliation?
If you believe that you are being retaliated against by your employer, know that you can take action. The first step is to document any instances of retaliation that have occurred since you reported your workplace injury. This documentation could include copies of performance reviews, emails, or any other communications from your employer that could be used to show a change in your treatment following the report of your injury.
In doing so, you may also benefit from working with an experienced attorney who can help you through the process. Remember, you have a right to report your work injury and obtain workers' compensation for incidents in the workplace without fear of retaliation from your employer.
Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Workers throughout Georgia may be eligible to pursue a workers’ compensation claim for injuries sustained in the workplace. Our Atlanta attorneys can help ensure that you receive the compensation you need to recover. Schedule a free consultation with a member of our team today by calling (770) 741-2825 or filling out this short form.