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Denied workers' comp benefits? It's not the end of the road

Did you apply for workers' compensation benefits after an accident at work or the onset of an illness related to your occupation? As a California employee, you have the right to certain benefits in case you are ever injured. However, it is not always an easy process to actually get these benefits, even when you have a valid claim. 

The workers' compensation process is complex, and it can be quite difficult to navigate. Unfortunately, many initial claims come back denied, and you may end up wondering what you should do next and how you will ever recover. Fortunately, a denied claim is not the end of the road for you.

Have you faced age discrimination in the course of employment?

As California residents get older, many continue to feel that they can contribute to society in some way. Additionally, they may also  want to continue working or else have to work in order to obtain income that allows them to live the way they choose. As an older individual, you may have found yourself hoping to remain employed, but you may also have noticed certain roadblocks in your way.

For some, age discrimination in the workplace can make gaining or keeping employment more difficult. However, this type of discrimination - much like many other forms - has no place in a work environment. In fact, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) works to protect you and other workers from such unfair actions.

Bullies aren't only found on school playgrounds

Many California residents recall moments in their childhoods when they faced antagonizing behavior from bullies. Sadly, this problem has not vanished on playgrounds inthe United States. Bullying doesn't necessarily disappear once a child grows up and enters the workforce either. In fact, the gravity of many such situations intensifies exponentially when those doing the bullying are adults.

Workplace harassment is not always immediately apparent. Many people go to work every day, experiencing feelings of extreme anxiety and stress that is all but absent in their private lives, yet are unable to put their fingers on the exact causes of their unrest. Others are well aware that the main sources of their on-the-job problems include some type of bullying or harassment, especially when it involves sexual behavior.

Should you receive equal pay for equal work?

As a California employee, you work hard to meet the obligations of your job, fulfill your job duties and do the best you can do every time you show up at work. That is why it is particularly frustrating to learn that you are not getting fair pay for your work, especially if it is less than what others are receiving for the same kind of work.

According to the federal Equal Pay Act, men and women should receive equal pay for equal work in almost every case, the only exceptions being in cases involving seniority or merit. If you believe that you are a victim of sex discrimination and unequal pay, you do not have to tolerate it. You have the right to take action and hold the appropriate parties accountable for this type of treatment.

Exposure to toxic substances at work can expose you to illness

Any California worker could face exposure to toxic substances in the workplace, but there are some who may be at a higher risk for this type of danger. Workers in certain industries would be wise to know their rights regarding workers' compensation benefits in the event that they become ill or injured due to toxic exposure. 

Whether it is because of exposure to the chemicals found in cleaning products or other dangerous substances, employers should strive to eliminate the risk of harm and damage as much as possible. If you are are covered by the workers' compensation system and become because you experienced toxic exposure in your workplace, you have the right to workers' compensation benefits, including costs of medical care.

Fight back against disability discrimination in your workplace

Every California employee has the right to a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination. But despite the existence of laws designed to protect individuals from dealing with this type of mistreatment in the workplace, discrimination still happens.

If you experienced discrimination at work, you do not have to suffer through this experience alone. You have the right to seek legal help to take action to protect your rights, make it stop, and prevent it from happening to another person in the future. An experienced discrimination attorney can help you through this process.

Workers' comp may cover your work-related spinal cord injury

Work-related spinal cord injuries affect many California residents every year. Those whose injuries are minor in nature may only need pain medication and rest in order to recover. Those with moderate to severe injuries, though, may require medical care that is rather extensive or, if disability results, life-long care. If you are among those who have suffered such injuries, workers' compensation benefits may be available to you.

Spinal cord injury treatment is both expensive and physically taxing. If your employer offers workers' compensation benefits -- which the law the requires most employers to carry -- coverage of your treatment costs, rehabilitation, and other economic losses is possible to achieve.

The personal and professional effects of workplace discrimination

When at work, no one should have to deal with discrimination in any of its forms. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people in California and elsewhere who deal with various types of workplace discrimination on a regular basis. Are you one of them?

While this may be a common thing, it does not make it okay. In fact, victims of workplace discrimination may have the ability to hold their employers accountable for any damages suffered as a result of such behavior.

Barista injuries go beyond just burns

Coffee has become a staple of many people's daily routine. Whether they enjoy a single cup in the morning or need several throughout the day, they often have their specific flavors, brews and other details that make up their perfect cups. Though having their coffee can put a spring in many individuals' steps, as someone who works behind the bar making these various drinks, you may find yourself facing risks for injuries.

You may consider the position of barista a low-risk job, but due to the various strains crafting coffee-based drinks can put on your body, you may notice certain aches and pains presenting themselves. In fact, repetitive stress injuries affect many baristas.

Keep your job and help your family: your rights under FMLA

Most California employees are aware of the fact that mothers and fathers have the right to a certain amount of time away from work when a new child is born or brought home through fostering or adoption. The rights granted to certain employees through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) go beyond maternity and paternity leave, extending to other types of family and medical emergencies.

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