Atlanta Firing or Retaliation After Filing a Claim Attorney
Don’t Get Hurt Twice—Fight Back Against Workers’ Comp Retaliation
It’s no secret that many companies are resentful of workers’ compensation claims. An injured worker may impact the insurance premiums they pay or a workplace accident could attract the attention of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulators. They may even blame the employee for being “clumsy” or bad at their job.
Unfortunately, it is common for employers to fire a worker in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Thankfully, such actions are illegal here in Georgia. If you were fired or otherwise retaliated against for getting injured on the job and/or pursuing workers’ compensation benefits in and around Tucker, The Law Office of Arthur E. Snead, LLC is here to help you seek justice.
Contact me today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. My firm serves clients from all walks of life throughout metro Atlanta and Macon.
Know the Signs of Retaliation
Getting fired right after reporting an injury or filing a claim would be an obvious piece of evidence. But job termination is just one form of retaliation.
Employer retaliation may also include:
- Getting demoted
- Having your pay lowered
- Negative changes to your position or daily responsibilities
- Disciplinary actions that don’t seem tied to your actual performance
- Constant scrutiny and harassment that creates a hostile work environment
You should know that the success or failure of your workers’ compensation claim is not a factor in a retaliation case. In other words, you may have been a victim of retaliation even if your workers’ compensation claim was ultimately denied.
Proving Your Case
Even if you experience and observe these actions, the difficult part is proving that they were caused by your pursuit of workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer may try to argue that the adverse actions you suffered were unrelated to your claim and were, therefore, legal.
For this and other reasons, it is important to work with a lawyer—both in pursuing your workers’ compensation claim and your retaliation claim. An experienced attorney will know what types of evidence to look for and how to document that evidence for maximum effect in litigation. Hiring an attorney could even dissuade your employer from trying to fire you in the first place.
Contact Me to Discuss Your Legal Needs in a Free Consultation
Based in Tucker, The Law Office of Arthur E. Snead, LLC serves injured workers throughout metro Atlanta and Macon. If you were fired after filing a workers’ compensation claim or are worried that you will be, contact me to learn more about your rights and legal options.