Workers’ Compensation Retaliation
The workersâ€™ compensation system was established so that employees could receive fair compensation for their on-the-job injuries without having to file expensive and time-consuming lawsuits. Under this system, it does not matter how the injury occurred or even if it was the employeeâ€™s fault. The employee should receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.
Unfortunately, not every business is interested in paying injured employees what they deserve. Some businesses have been known to discourage workers from filing workers compensation claims by firing or otherwise â€œpunishingâ€ anyone who tries to do so. This is an unfair and illegal practice.
Legal Protection for Workerâ€™s Compensation
Texas workers enjoy certain legal protections under the law. Specifically, it is illegal for an employer to fire or otherwise punish a worker for:
- Filing a workerâ€™s compensation claim in good faith
- Hiring a lawyer to assist with a claim
- Testifying at a hearing
- Reporting violations of the stateâ€™s safety codes
What Can You Do?
If you have been a victim of workersâ€™ compensation retaliation, you do not need to simply accept your mistreatment. You have legal options. For example, an experienced Austin employment attorney could help you file a claim against your employer or previous employer.
If you win your workersâ€™ compensation retaliation hearing, you may be able to recover damages, such as:
- Reinstatement to the job you lost
- Compensation for past and future lost wages
- Compensation for mental suffering
- Punitive damages
If you have been unfairly discharged or otherwise punished for exercising your rights in regard to workerâ€™s compensation, an experienced attorney can help. Contact Austin workersâ€™ compensation retaliation lawyers today.