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Employee rights after a work accident questioned in Texas

Employee rights have recently come into question after a Texas work accident with BNSF Railway. After a man was injured on the job, he challenged the way that his employer handled his situation. When injured on the job, employee rights may include compensation and time off, among other things.

The Texas man was injured while performing his job duties, yet he claims that his employer wrongly threatened to terminate his job if another incident occurred. The former railway conductor filed the lawsuit against his employer with the Southern Texas District Court. His injury led to surgery, and he was required to wait a certain amount of time before he was able to work again. When he went back to work, the authorities at BNSF Railways apparently told him that he could lose his job if he was injured again. He also claims that his employer labeled him as an unsafe employee on his permanent record.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was apparently aware of the incident, as it typically is after a work-related incident. The practice of assessing an employee because of a work injury is illegal, and BNSF Railways agreed to cease that practice. The lawsuit is seeking compensation on behalf of the employee.

In the event that an employee is injured, he or she has the right to seek compensation to cover all medical expenses. Additionally, the employer must provide proper training and a safe working environment. It is improper for an employer to threaten termination for work injuries. In this particular case, the man has every right to seek compensation and take legal action for possible violation of employee rights.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, BNSF Railway sued after employee is injured on the job, Annie Cosby, Feb. 17, 2014

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