Retaliation in the workplace can occur when an employer does not want to provide rightful benefits or accept responsibility for a situation. This practice is illegal and can seriously harm an honest worker. A person may question their ability to report the mistreatment and how they should approach the problem. A company based out of Texas was recently investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and found liable for retaliation against a former employee.
Records reveal that the man had suffered an injury while on the job and subsequently visited a doctor for treatment. After receiving the doctor's orders, the employee provided the treatment information to his employer. He was terminated from his position at the company following the submission.
The federal investigation began when the former employee filed a complaint alleging a whistleblower retaliation situation. The investigators determined that the worker was terminated in direct correlation with his injury incurred while working and necessary treatment for recovery. The company is being held responsible by OSHA to provide compensation to the man for damages inflicted and has requested he be reinstated to his former position.
The victim may receive $6,000 from the Texas company for missing wages in addition to receiving rightful benefits after being rehired. Workers are federally protected from employer retaliation and their failure to provide workers' compensation in the event of a work-related injury. A victim that believes they have suffered unfair treatment after being in an accident may seek professional guidance to expose the problem and regain financial losses.
Source: insurancenewsnet.com, "Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC Ordered To Pay $30,000 For Retaliating Against Worker", , Oct. 2, 2014