March 28, 2018
Your job and your career are your livelihood, but you may feel uneasy about your future due to an injury, illness, or a situation at work that seems unethical or even illegal. There are steps you can take to obtain recourse, whether it’s filing for workers’ compensation or reporting certain activities to the proper authorities, but you may be worried about your employer finding out and firing you or even harming your career prospects.
At Stewart & Stewart, we know how stressful this time can be for workers like you. Thankfully, we also know that Indiana law protects workers in a variety of different situations and scenarios, such as:
- Filing workers’ compensation claims – If you get hurt on the job and can’t return to work, you’re eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. Legally, your employer isn’t allowed to dissuade you from doing so via threats, harassment, or demotions.
- Refusing to engage in illegal activities – If you have reason to believe something illegal is occurring at your workplace, you aren’t obligated to engage in that activity, and Indiana law will protect you if you report it to state authorities.
- Reporting dangerous work conditions – You have a right to a safe and productive workplace, and if you notice something dangerous, you should report it. If your employer finds out you reported dangerous work conditions, they can’t retaliate under Indiana’s Occupational Health and Safety Law of 1971.
If you have questions or concerns about your job and your future after an incident at work, get in touch with our Indiana wrongful termination lawyers. We’re here to help—call today for a free consultation.