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Recognizing retaliation after filing a workers’ comp claim

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Filing a worker’s compensation claim in Georgia should not subject you to any form of retaliation by your employer. Unfortunately, some employers may react negatively, making it essential to recognize the signs of retaliation to protect your rights.

Sudden job reassignment

One common sign of retaliation is an unexpected change in your job duties or position. If your company moves you to a less favorable position without a valid reason, it may be an attempt to punish you for filing a worker’s compensation claim.

Reduced hours or pay

Another indication of retaliation is a noticeable reduction in your work hours or pay. This could be your employer’s way of discouraging you from pursuing your claim by creating financial hardship.

Unwarranted disciplinary actions

If you start receiving warnings or disciplinary actions without just cause after filing your claim, this can be a form of retaliation. Document any such actions to support your case if needed.

Hostile work environment

A change in the workplace atmosphere, such as increased hostility or isolation from coworkers, can also indicate retaliation. Your employer might create a toxic environment to pressure you into quitting.

False performance reviews

Receiving unjustifiably negative performance reviews after filing a worker’s compensation claim can be a form of retaliation. If your work quality hasn’t changed but your performance evaluations suddenly decline, this might be your employer’s way of undermining your credibility and justification for the claim.

Recognizing and addressing retaliation promptly is crucial in safeguarding your rights. By staying vigilant and taking appropriate steps, you can ensure fair treatment while recovering from your work-related injury.