Workers’ compensation is a crucial support system for employees who sustain injuries on the job. Employees have the right to file a claim if they get hurt at work. Unfortunately, some employers might try to discourage or intimidate employees from exercising this right.
If your employer has threatened to fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim in Minnesota, you may feel confused, frightened and unsure of what to do next. Knowing your rights and understanding the laws can help you make an informed decision.
Understanding your rights
It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for exercising your right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Threatening to fire you for filing a claim is a form of retaliation and it is against the law. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to take action to protect your rights.
Write down what happened, including the date, time, location and any witnesses. This information can be vital if you need to prove that your employer threatened you.
Talk to coworkers
If any coworkers witnessed the threat, ask them what they saw or heard. Their testimony could support your case.
File the workers’ compensation claim
Despite the threat, you should still file the workers’ compensation claim if injured on the job. Your health and recovery are paramount.
Seek help from a supervisor or human resources
Talk to a supervisor or human resources representative about the situation. They may be able to address the issue with your employer and ensure that you can file your claim without fear of retaliation.
The potential consequences for your employer
If your employer is guilty of threatening or retaliating against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim, they could face penalties under Minnesota law. These penalties might include fines or other sanctions.
Your health and well-being come first. You should never feel pressured to choose between your job and your right to compensation for a workplace injury. Understanding your rights and taking appropriate action can help you navigate this difficult situation with confidence and integrity.