Workers’ Rights

From blue collar occupational injuries to white collar unfair pay practices, from Welders’ Parkinson’s (manganism) and OSHA violations to unpaid overtime and qui tam whistleblowers who report corporations that defraud the government, whether you have suffered injury for unsafe work practices, are seeking workers comp, or were victim of an unlawful termination due to workplace discrimination, the Consumer Justice Group has workplace lawyers providing legal council and information to the American worker. Our workers law attorneys across the nation have won clients awards for unsafe working conditions and illegal corporate practices. We have specialists in workers compensation insurance waiting to help. Read our informative Workers’ Rights newsletters and contact us if you feel your employer has violated your workplace rights.

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Whistleblowers

Qui tam whistleblower law cases involve companies that defraud the government and are unique among whistleblower cases for the significant awards the whistleblower receives for reporting corporate misconduct. Qui tam whistleblowers are relied upon by the Department of Justice to uncover and prosecute corporate fraud. Despite its importance to the U.S. economy and government, little has been published about qui tam whistleblowers. Most people do not realize an attorney can help whistleblowers’ identity remain confidential and help them keep a portion of the fraud recovery.

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Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination, while a prevalent workplace issue, is difficult to establish in court. Factors like the burden of proof required by discrimination and harassment laws along with the continuing, national, pressure of tort reforms gives a discriminatory workplace power over an employee of protected status.

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Workplace Discrimination Part 2

Discrimination can occur as an unintended effect of employment policies. ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act) prohibits employment discrimination against persons 40 years of age or older, ensuring them that they will not be denied health benefits, training opportunities, or passed over for promotion due to their age. In 2004, the Supreme Court inSmith, et al. v. City of Jackson, Mississippi, et al. found what city officials might have intended as a positive revision to their police officer pay program had discriminated against their older officers.

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Overtime And Underpayment Are Too Common

Wage and hour law has risen to the forefront of workers’ rights lawsuits against negligent employers. In 2006, more action was taken by underpaid employers with employment lawyers than for discrimination litigation. Wage and hour law, as presented in The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and its amendments, protects workers’ overtime pay, prevents forced off-the-clock work, and guarantees breaks and lunches.

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State Minimum Wages

Overtime compensation is based on the federal minimum wage. Whenever employees are subject to both federal minimum wage and state minimum wage, they are entitled to the higher of the two minimum wages.

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Workplace Injury Prevention

Head injuries are serious things. You’ve probably see signs around your workplace and posted all over the break room and may even remember that cheesy video on the first day all warning you to: Wear Your Hardhat! Still, despite the workplace signage and dated instructional videos, a recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) concerning work-related accidents and injuries finds that most workers who had head injuries were not wearing head protection.

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Crane Injuries & Deaths: Free Attorney Case Evaluation

Crane operators are in demand around the globe. Crane operators must be able to keep focused and calm all day, often alone with their best judgment and a steady hand on the controls. As crane operators and contractors know, the crane is often the most dangerous, expensive, and important piece of equipment on a jobsite. When crane safety fails, workers and bystanders are injured, deadlines are not met, property damage occurs, and the workplace environment alters with distressed coworkers who are anxious about working at the unsafe site.

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Hardhats for a Healthy Head

Head injuries are serious things. You’ve probably see signs around your workplace and posted all over the break room and may even remember that cheesy video on the first day all warning you to: Wear Your Hardhat! Still, despite the workplace signage and dated instructional videos, a recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) concerning work-related accidents and injuries finds that most workers who had head injuries were not wearing head protection.

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Ruptured Disk

Are you feeling pressure to return to work because of the recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and reported by the New York Times? The one that suggests surgery might be no better a treatment than time, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory drugs for individuals with sciatic pain resulting from a ruptured disk? Because neither waiting nor surgery is clearly a better option than the other according to the study, there has been some confusion about what somebody with a ruptured, or herniated, disk should do for treatment.

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Workplace Injuries

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Workplace Burn Injury and Workplace Law

Workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 American workers each year, according to OSHA estimates. Not all workplace-related burns result from fires. Thermal burns can also occur from contact with hot objects present in many workplaces, and electrical, radiation, and chemical burns are dangers facing many other American workers, both those out in the field and those inside factories, laboratories, and other workplaces. Burns most often affect respiratory functions (lungs, throat), eyes, and skin.

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Popcorn Lung

Popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is fortunately a rare disease. Like asbestos-caused mesothelioma, popcorn lung has no natural causes. The single greatest cause of the incurable lung disease is diacetyl exposure. Diacetyl is the chemical that gives microwave popcorn its buttery smell.

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Welding Injuries

Welding has long been considered one of the most hazardous occupations in construction. Traditionally, welders had to fear workplace injury from burns, electricity, and “welder’s flash” (blinding and diminished vision, see below). Recent studies have shown that toxic chemicals released from welding rods put welders at an additional workplace risk for less immediate but no less serious conditions of lung, brain, and nerve damage, such as manganism (Welders’ Parkinson’s disease).

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Man Severely Burned In Welding Accident

Welding Accident Causes Tremendous Damage A Concord, North Carolina man was severely burned when a welding rig exploded in his face. Welding injuries are among the most serious workers face in their workplace. Aside from the obvious risk from burns, workers run the risk of Arc eye, Welder’s Flash, or Manganism. Not all welding injuries [...]

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Electrical Injuries In The Workplace

Electrical accidents are the cause of 5-10% of traumatic work deaths, ranking fourth behind falls and punctures for workplace-related mortalities. From 1992 through 2001 (NIOSH’s last reported statistics), 44,363 electricity-related injuries occurred. Of those injuries, 17,101 involved electric arc-flash burn.

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Workers Comp - Act Quickly

Hurt at Work? ACT NOW—Timing is crucial Injured employees who wait too long will lose all rights, including the rights to money compensation, disability benefits, & healthcare.

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