If you’re a temporary worker, it’s important to understand that you have the same rights, privileges and protections that full-time workers do.
According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, five of the top ten employers with the highest number of workplace amputation injuries were temp agencies. Many employers confess that if they have a job that is unpleasant or dangerous, they will often hire temporary employees to do the work rather than have the work done by their own employees. Another study showed that only about a third of employers properly filled out injury reports for temporary employees. Others feigned ignorance about the requirement.
Temporary employees are often mistreated by the company they are hired out to and the agency that hired them because they are perceived as being in no position complain about mistreatment. Many of them have turned to temporary employment as a final resort between unemployment and homelessness, and are afraid that if they make trouble they will have no work at all.
You Have Rights and Protection
If you’re a temporary worker, it’s important to understand that you have the same rights, privileges and protections that full-time workers do. Illinois reaffirmed your rights in its 2005 Day and Temporary Labor Services Act. You have the right to workers’ compensation, just like regular employees, and you have the right to protection from discrimination if you file a claim. And before you suffer an injury, you have the right to report an unsafe condition and get protection from discrimination because of your report.
If you have been injured in a workplace incident, it’s important to make a claim for yourself, your family, and your coworkers.
At Willens Law Offices, we have represented many workers in situations like yours. We know how hard it can be to summon the courage to make this kind of claim, but we also know how to help you get the compensation and protection you deserve.