According to a survey conducted late last year, nearly one in every ten
workers decides not to report a workplace injury out of fear of retaliation
in their workplace. This means that about nine percent of all Americans
are afraid to report when they fall ill or are injured on the job because
they are afraid that they will be harassed, fired, or will lose a promotion
as a result. About one-third of all workers who have been too timid to
report an injury have suffered multiple injuries or illnesses at their
What is even more concerning is that the survey shows most of the injuries
that aren't reported are very serious. The most common injuries that
workers don't report are
slip and falls, burns, workplace violence, and
repetitive motion injuries, as well as injuries from being caught in machinery. Employers are obligated
to protect their employees from hazards according to the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, but they don't always do so.
Employees should not fear retaliation from their employers. In fact, those
that are nervous to report their injuries should remember that employees
cannot lawfully fire them in retaliation for reporting a workplace injury.
Workers who file
workers' compensation claims are protected by federal and state laws from being fired, harassed,
and discriminated against by their employers. There are also protections
in place for employees who report safety or health complaints under the OSHA.
There are also protections for any workers who want to report a safety
or health complaint to their employer or if they want to report an unsafe
work condition that could lead to injury. If you are nervous about reporting
an injury, call our office today. A New York workers' compensation
attorney at Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman may be able to assist you
in your case and help you to work through your case!