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Can My Employer Retaliate Against Me For Seeking Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Many employees hesitate to act or fail to report an accident at work entirely. It is not uncommon that workers fear retaliation for reporting an accident at work — one that resulted in injuries. Numerous Ohio laws prevent an employer from retaliating against an injured worker, and if you have questions about your specific situation, we encourage you to contact our firm at once.

Since 1986, Fox & Fox Co. L.P.A. has provided exceptional client service to injured individuals in Amelia, Cincinnati and other communities throughout Ohio. Because we are experienced litigators, we understand what it takes to win an employment law case. If you think you were retaliated against or you are afraid of filing a claim without a skilled lawyer on your side, we can help.

What Is Retaliation?

Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be stressful. You might worry that other workers will look down on you. You might worry that your job will be in jeopardy for causing a serious accident. Unless there are severe circumstances (such as alcohol or drug use, for example) you cannot be faulted for being injured in an accident. Additionally, any sort of retaliation by your employer can be fought.

Most often, people assume that retaliation is the same as termination. While being fired can certainly be a retaliatory action, there are other forms of retaliation, including:

  • Unfounded disciplinary action
  • Changing your shift or scheduled hours
  • Transferring to another department or division
  • Reduction in hours
  • Demotion
  • Being passed over for a promotion

Additionally, your supervisor or manager might foster a hostile work environment by spreading rumors or encouraging snide remarks regarding your injury. If you believe any of this is occurring at your workplace after an accident, it is important to contact an attorney at once.

Numerous laws protect you from employer retaliation. Call or email our firm to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.