Q: I feel I'm being discriminated at work since filing my workers' compensation claim, can I do anything about it?
A:This depends greatly on what exactly the act(s) of discrimination may be, but if it is determined to be consistent and/or severe enough, you may be able to file what is called a 132(a) claim against your employer in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. For example, a 132(a) claim can be filed when an employer threatens to demote or terminate an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. A 132(a) claim may also be filed for various other reasons, such as being belittled, humiliated, harassed, or otherwise strongly mistreated in the workplace by an employer, for or since, filing a workers’ compensation claim. This can become very complex, and should be discussed in detail with an attorney in order to help determine if you qualify for filing such an action.