Severna Park Workers’ Compensation Employee Rights Attorney
The rights of employees are often overlooked by employers and their insurance carriers after a workplace accident takes place. Being injured and told that you do not qualify for benefits can feel overwhelming, and feeling a sense of powerlessness is common when up against a large company with a team of lawyers at its disposal—such is always the case when you are at odds with either a large employer or insurance company. Some employers take things a step further and actually retaliate against their employees when they either speak out about unsafe working conditions or file a workers’ compensation claim. It is important to remember that you do have rights, and one of these rights is to be able to file a claim and not fear any type of workplace retaliation. Our experienced Severna Park workers’ compensation employee rights attorneys are here to assist you with your claim.
Maryland Law Protects You From Employer Retaliation
Employees are protected under Maryland § 9-1105, which prohibits an employer from discharging an employee simply for filing an injury claim. Anyone who violates this statute is subject to a criminal misdemeanor charge with up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. Employees are also protected against other forms of retaliation, such as:
- Being disciplined;
- Not receiving a planned promotion or pay raise;
- Being given fewer working hours or shifts;
- Having wages, paid time off, or benefits withheld;
- Not being allowed to take sick days, have bathroom breaks, take a lunch break, or other normal workplace rights that your employees have and that you used to have;
- Being transferred or moved to a new undesired position or workspace;
- Being excluded; or
- Hurting the employee’s ability to perform their job or advance their career in any other manner.
Not only are you protected against any undesirable form of retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim, but you are also protected during the following circumstances;
- For cooperating in a workers’ compensation investigation, whether it is in regards to your claim or another employee’s claim/accident;
- For cooperating with a federal or state workplace safety investigation;
- For inquiring about workers’ compensation benefits before you have filed a claim;
- For simply getting hurt on the job, even if you have not filed a claim yet; and
- For filing a complaint about workplace safety to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which protects workers under federal law from any type of retaliation, including all of the previously mentioned forms.
Our Attorneys Are Here to Help Get Your Benefits
As an injured worker, you have the right to receive benefits for medical treatment, wage replacement, travel expenses to and from appointments, and if your condition results in an inability to continue working at your old job, vocational training or job placement benefits, during which you are still eligible to receive temporary total or temporary partial disability. Our attorneys can help you obtain what is owed to you, and fight back against unlawful employer retaliation. Contact the Severna Park law offices of Frame & Frame if you have been retaliated against, if your claim was denied, or if you simply have questions about your rights in the workplace.