Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

4 signs of retaliation after a workers’ compensation claim

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2023 | workers' compensation

In the realm of workers’ compensation, it is important for employees to be aware of potential signs of employer retaliation.

While workplace injuries are unfortunate, they should not result in mistreatment or retaliation from employers.

1. Sudden changes in job duties

One clear sign of possible retaliation is a sudden shift in job responsibilities. If you find yourself assigned tasks outside your usual scope without explanation, it could be a subtle form of punishment. Employers might attempt to make your role less desirable to dissuade you from pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.

2. Exclusion from team activities

Another red flag is being left out of team events or meetings. If you notice a sudden isolation from your coworkers or exclusion from important discussions, it might be an attempt to create a hostile work environment. Employers may use social exclusion as a means to pressure employees into dropping their compensation claims.

3. Unwarranted disciplinary actions

An increase in unwarranted disciplinary actions is a concerning indicator. If your employer starts documenting minor infractions once overlooked or ignored, this could be a subtle way of building a case against you. Pay close attention to any sudden surge in disciplinary actions following the filing of a workers’ compensation claim.

4. Unexplained changes in shifts or hours

A sudden alteration in your work schedule without a valid explanation can also be a sign of retaliation. Employers may adjust your hours or shift patterns to make your work environment less accommodating. Such changes may be an attempt to create discomfort.

Reported nonfatal workplace illnesses and accidents increased by 7.5% in 2022 over 2021. For employees injured on the job, they not only have the right to pursue compensation but to also receive fair treatment in the aftermath of the work-related injury.