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3 work injuries that may result in workers' comp discrimination

The world can be a dangerous place, and the risks do not go away when you get to work. Workplace accidents can result in serious and disabling injuries. Severe yet nonfatal injuries can cause you to lose income, deal with expensive medical treatments and live with chronic pain. When you experience a workplace accident and deal with the costly consequences, you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim.

Unfortunately, no matter how badly you get injured or how surely you can prove negligence, your employer may take illegal action against you for pursuing compensation. Here are some disabling worker injuries, from a report by EHS Today, that your employer may not take seriously even though they are common.

Can men be discriminated against at work?

Many of the workplace discrimination cases that people hear about center on businesses treating female employees in a discriminatory manner. There is no question that high numbers of women face unfair challenges and treatment every day at work.

Interestingly enough, men face discrimination as well. Here are a few common scenarios in which this happens.

Do age discrimination laws cover you?

As an American employee, you have certain rights, and many state and federal laws exist so that no one takes advantage of you on the job. You may believe you were a victim of workplace age discrimination if your employer fired, demoted or otherwise treated you unjustly because of your age, but to have a legal case, you and your employer must meet specific criteria.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act details your federal protections with regard to age discrimination, so if you feel you were a victim, the next step involves determining whether the ADEA covers you.

What does it mean to be put on light-duty at work?

It is an unfortunate fact that injuries in the workplace are a common occurrence. No matter if you work in a warehouse, office or medical facility, you are not immune to the risk of such danger. If you have become a victim of unsafe work conditions, your employer may suggest that you take a light-duty assignment while recuperating from your injuries. There are a few things you should know about this, though. 

A light-duty assignment typically means that a recovering employee will continue working in supposedly less strenuous conditions. According to Monster, employers do not have to offer light-duty, but there are a few things you should know about it nonetheless.

How do I know if I have been wrongfully fired?

Many people in the Beverly Hills area often confuse at-will employment with illegal terminations. One question that may cross your mind when your employer fires you is if your firing was a wrongful one. You may have been a great worker, followed all the rules and had a clean disciplinary file. But your employer decided to let you go and now you are upset. Just because you do not agree with their decisions does not mean you cannot sue them. 

As an employee, you have protected rights under federal and state laws. There are certain steps that your employer must take when firing someone. Take some time to review the following information to gain a better understanding of wrongful termination and how it may apply to your situation. 

Unlawful tactics for ending employment

Similarly to many other states, California is an at-will state for the purposes of employment. This means your employer can fire you or you can quit at any time, for any reason.

However, the law places restrictions on employers' ability to fire at will by putting in place protections against discrimination and intolerable working conditions. Employment contracts may also require employees and employers to give notice.

CNAs may be falsely accused of misconduct in nursing homes

Families trust nursing home staff to provide compassionate and competent care towards their loved ones. Most employees working in such facilities honor this obligation, but unfortunately, some are negligent and contribute to the abuse of residents. According to ABC News, as many as one in three elderly patients may experience such abuse, so it is no surprise that allegations are common.

Certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, may wrongfully find themselves on the receiving end of such charges. There are many reasons why false accusations might occur. The following are a few examples as well as what you should do if such allegations land you in trouble at work or result in the termination of your position.

What constitutes disability discrimination?

If you have a disability, work in the United States and have an employer that must adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act, you have a right to a workplace free from disability discrimination. Essentially, disability discrimination refers to a set of actions or behaviors your employer or others in your place of business may take that result in unfavorable treatment toward you because of your disability.

You also have a right to a discrimination-free workplace if you had a disability but it no longer exists (such as cancer that has since gone into remission), and you also have protections when it comes to discrimination relating to your relationship with a disabled person, such as a child or spouse.

Important facts about age discrimination in the workplace

Older employees may unfortunately discover that age discrimination is still alive and well, even in a tolerant and accepting state like California. There are many federal and state laws preventing employers from discriminating against job applicants and employees because of age, but perhaps the most important one is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The purpose of the ADEA is to protect applicants and employees who are 40 years old or older from discrimination.

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes the ADEA protections even stronger. It is crucial for you to know your rights, so keep reading for more information on your protections and what to do if you suspect age discrimination.

Employment discrimination laws include mental disabilities

When you hear of disability discrimination in the workplace, you may think of people who are deaf or in wheelchairs. However, California law covers more than just physical issues. It also includes mental disabilities.

Understanding your protections can help you determine if your employer is discriminating against you because of a mental disability, in which case you need to speak to a lawyer.

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