Can I Be Punished or Fired for Reporting a Work-Related Accident?
It is illegal for you to be punished or fired for reporting a work-related injury, accident, illness, or death.
Employers often pressure employees to downplay or hide work-related accidents, so workers fear that if they report the accident, they will be disciplined, retaliated against, or lose their job. This fear has even been studied in a recent report conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that workers regularly didn’t report on-the-job accidents or injuries. The report also questioned employers’ safety incentive programs, which reward workers when there aren’t injuries.
If you haven’t reported an injury or illness, and you also haven’t gotten medical care, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. It is really important to treat all injuries and illnesses immediately, so seeing a doctor should be a huge priority. If you wind up filing an injury lawsuit later on, it will be important to show that you got medical care as soon as you could. Also, it could be really hazardous to your health to wait to get treated for your injuries or your illness.
You might be eligible for workers compensation benefits if you’ve been injured in a workplace accident. In which case, reporting your injury is important to receiving benefits. But, if you’ve been fired as a direct result of reporting the accident, you might be able to sue your employer for wrongful termination. To learn more about your rights, contact the board certified lawyers at VB Attorneys now. Call us at 877.724.7800 or fill out a contact form on the website.