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Are you experiencing retaliation for filing a compensation claim?

When Connecticut workers suffer injuries in workplace accidents or become ill as a result of their jobs, they have the right to seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim. These benefits are not always easy to get because the claims process is complex, and sometimes, employers are not always supportive of their employees' needs. In fact, some workers experience retaliation after filing a claim.

If you are experiencing retaliation from your employer because you sought rightful benefits through a claim, you have rights. You do not have to put up with this type of treatment, but you can fight back and pursue a beneficial outcome to your case. It is possible to hold employers accountable for illegal treatment while securing the benefits you need and deserve. 

How can you know if you are a victim?

Some workers are unsure if what they are experiencing qualifies as retaliation. Employers may act hostile, verbally berate a worker for filing a claim or take other steps to express their displeasure. Some of the most common types of retaliation include the following: 

  • Your employer changed your position or took away some of your responsibilities.
  • You experienced a reduction of your pay after filing a workers' compensation claim.
  • Your employer demoted you or enacted disciplinary actions against you without merit or explanation.

If you suspect you are dealing with behaviors that could qualify as retaliation, it is in your interests to take immediate action to protect your interests. You do not have to tolerate this kind of treatment, and you can fight back. 

Many workers worry about losing their jobs or what they employers will think if they seek workers' compensation after an accident. The aftermath can be complex and confusing, and you have the right to seek help as you walk through each step. 

Your recover as an injured worker

Employers may be motivated to avoid workers' compensation claims out of fears of rising premiums or a potential investigation into possible safety violations. Whatever the reason may be, if you are dealing with retaliation for seeking your rightful benefits, it is unacceptable.

You may find it beneficial to seek a complete evaluation of your case at the first sign of retaliation or even in the immediate aftermath of your work accident. Working with an experienced attorney can help you avoid mistakes with your claim and avoid complications that can stand between you and the benefits you need for a full and fair recovery.

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