If you have been injured at work, you may have a lot of uncertainty. However, one uncertainty you should not have is about whether a workers’ compensation claim may be used against you. There are many laws protecting injured workers from many types of abuse employers sometimes try to use against them. Here are a few of them.
You Cannot Be Fired, Demoted, or Passed over because of a Workers’ Compensation Claim
This is one of the most basic protections built into Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws. Your employer cannot use a workers’ compensation claim against you in any way.
You Cannot Be Forced to Violate Your Doctor’s Orders
Your employer cannot make you come back to work against your doctor’s orders. If you are cleared for light duty, your employer must make suitable work available or you don’t have to work.
You Cannot Be Fired for Making a Safety Report
Reporting dangerous conditions to OSHA is another protected act. You cannot be harassed, fired, or passed over because of a report to OSHA that results in an inspection. Whether you file the complaint before or after your accident, it is still protected. You even have the right to remain anonymous as well as ask for an employee representative to attend the inspection.
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