Being hurt at work can be a stressful situation. When a Bay Area employee can’t work due to an injury suffered on the job, bills and other regular expenses can stack up quickly. There are safety nets in place for injured employees, in the form if laws and labor standards, but sometimes an employer does the wrong thing, shown in a recent story of wrongful termination.
A man was performing his daily duties at the rail yard where he was employed. He suffered serious injury to his wrist and arm, and was unable to work as a result. The railway company, tried to hush it up and went so far as to terminate the man’s employment.
The man decided to take a stand and protect his rights in court. He accused the company of violating laws protecting whistleblowers from retaliation by employers. He also claimed that he was the victim of wrongful termination, and the court agreed. The railway company was ordered to pay more than $3 million to the worker to cover pain and suffering, lost wages and punitive damages related to his wrongful termination.
Bay Area employees might one day become the victims of wrongful termination themselves. If this happens, help is available. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can step in and help take up the fight in court. When an employer violates the rights of a hard-working individual, the company can be held legally accountable for such actions. Victims need not suffer in silence as legal recourse is available with the right support.