A pet chimpanzee attacked an employee who had been summoned to her boss’ house. The worker sued her employer who countered that workers’ comp should cover this incident. Now, there appears to be a settlement in this case.
Following an almost $8 million jury verdict, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reached a confidential settlement with a former manager who claims the restaurant chain retaliated against her after she filed a workers’ comp claim.
For the second time in recent weeks, a company says it will contest OSHA fines in connection with the death of an employee due to heat stress.
No one could blame a company for contesting total disability payments under workers’ comp if the employee could really go back to work. But there are ramifications for taking a workers’ comp appeal too far.
A government investigation says a synthetic crystal manufacturer ignored warnings by a safety auditor, and that led to an explosion that killed one person and has kept the facility closed for almost four years.
Why did this company get the maximum penalty allowed under federal law ($250,000) in a whistleblower retaliation case?
An applicant was told he wasn’t qualified for a safety-sensitive job because of the “significant health and safety risks associated with [his] extreme obesity.” Now the applicant says the employer discriminated against him because of a disability — obesity.
A lot of attention has been paid lately to the plight of farm workers who labor in extreme heat in California. But heat stress dangers aren’t limited to the agriculture industry.
OSHA says more than one employee at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom near Allentown, PA, suffered heat-related illnesses while performing in encapsulated costumes last summer. Now the park’s parent company faces fines.
A manager sued his employer alleging that, while helping a severely injured employee, he was exposed to serious injury risk himself and as a result developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How did a court rule?
A maintenance worker put in 14+ hours one day at work, which included using a jackhammer for hours. He died on the job of a heart attack. His widow wants workers’ comp death benefits. His employer denied her claim. Why did a court conclude his death was compensable?
A trainer at a customer call center says a hostile work environment caused her to develop hypertension, type 2 diabetes and stress. She filed for workers’ comp, and her claim was rejected. Why did a court say her injuries weren’t compensable?
An employee received extensive injuries when his whole body was run over by a tractor trailer. His employer isn’t contesting that this is a work-related injury. But the company doesn’t think it should pay for a wheelchair accessible van for the injured worker.
A federal agency looking into the exact causes of a toxic chemical leak at a DuPont plant in Texas that killed four workers says its investigation uncovered flawed safety procedures, design problems and inadequate planning.
A construction worker was struck in the head by the bucket of a track hoe. His father, working at the same site, rushed to administer first aid to his son. His son died, and now the father is suing the employer. Does workers’ comp bar this lawsuit?
What do you do with employees who have a history of injuries? Fire them and they may sue, but leave them on the job and they might harm themselves or others.
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