As a business owner, you are aware of the numerous behind-the-scenes expenditures it takes to keep your company running. Workers’ compensation insurance is one of these expenses. At the law office of Gottschlich & Portune, LLP, we know that workers’ compensation can be costly, especially if an employee suffered a serious injury on the job. However, it is imperative for you and other Ohio business owners to understand that discouraging or disciplining an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim can lead to serious consequences.
Understandably, you want to keep your costs low by limiting your company’s workers’ compensation claims. You may do so by encouraging safety at the workplace and ensuring safety standards are practiced. You may also offer rewards and incentives to employees for exceeding safety standards and preventing workplace accidents. However, you and your managers should understand that workers’ compensation retaliation is unlawful. FindLaw explains workers’ compensation retaliation in the following ways:
- Threatening to reassign or terminate employees who file a workers’ compensation claim
- Telling injured employees they must use their own insurance
- Falsely claiming injured employees will face legal action for seeking workers’ compensation
- Withholding information on how to file a workers’ compensation claim
- Penalizing employees who are injured on the job
Our employment law page explains common issues that you may face when dealing with employees. You improve your chances of avoiding employment litigation when you adhere to laws that eliminate discrimination and harassment on the job and strive to create a safe and harmonious workplace.