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RETALIATION BY AN EMPLOYER

It absolutely amazes us that some employers act like little children when one of their workers get hurt. They pout and complain that life is unfair, even though it was the individual worker who sustained the injury and all of the losses associated with the injury. Some employers go so far as to commence disciplinary action against the worker for nothing more than getting hurt. This is a knee-jerk reaction to the injury, and generally doesn't reflect any real safety failure by the worker. The boss is just irked, and takes it out on the worker in many forms. Recently, a caller was complaining about a boss wanting him to conduct a "humiliation to work" where the worker was to describe what they did to cause the injury. Of course, all the worker had done was try to work quickly to further the interests of the business and got hurt through no fault of his own. Hardly the stuff of a punishment session. What can the worker do about this treatment? The answer lies in the relationship between the employer and the employee. If it is a good one, the worker should complain about the treatment to the boss. But face it; most employers who retaliate have a terrible attitude about their workers, and what the workers have done for them. These bosses tend to think that they succeed only because of their own efforts, and not the collective efforts of those that work for them. Unfortunately, there is no particular Iowa law that protects a worker from a hostile boss unless the boss crosses certain well-established lines such as gender, race, religion, or disability. If all the boss does is make life difficult (like the "humiliation to work" as described above) it is probably best for the worker to start looking for another job, or otherwise accept the unfair punishment. However, these situations are delicate and tricky to figure out. It would be best to give us a call to discuss any hostile action by your employer. Retaliating because a work injury has been filed can be a separate lawsuit in Iowa. This has to be evaluated on an individual basis.

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