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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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Qui Tam, Rewarding the Whistleblower When a Company Defrauds the Government
Whistleblowers are employees, reporters, regulators, and others who expose corporate wrongdoing to help protect the public good. Qui tam whistleblowers are those whistleblowers who help protect American taxpayers by reporting companies who defraud the federal government. In qui tam whistleblowing cases, the whistleblower acting with an attorney files the complaint in federal court and keeps a percentage of the fraud the government recovers.  Click to read more about False Claims law, common corporate scams, and how to file as a qui tam whistleblower.

Workplace Discrimination
When All People Are Not Treated Equal

Discrimination cases are often difficult to prove. Employees who suspect they are being treated unfairly because of their protected status (race, sex/gender identification, age, disability, nation of origin, or religion) but need hard evidence. That's where a discrimination attorney can help. Find out more about protected statuses, identifying and documenting discriminatory work practices, workplace harassment, and how our employment discrimination lawyers interpret recent Supreme Court decisions severely limiting the time a victim has to file a workplace discrimination lawsuit.

- Wage & Hour Law -
Overtime and Hourly Underpayments: Getting a Fair Hour’s Pay for a Fair Hour’s Work
The Fair Labor Standards Act, in addition to establishing the national minimum wage and the forty-hour overtime standard, contains many provisions for protecting workers from unfair pay practices. Recent cases against Wal-Mart, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Citigroup have shown how these companies have systematically underpaid their employees. In this newsletter, learn the duties test for salaried employees and see if you, like millions of Americans, qualify for overtime compensation from your employer, even if you are paid salary. Click to read more about wage and hour laws for overtime payments.

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- Workplace Injuries -
Welding Injuries: Arc Eye, Burns, and Manganism (Welders’ Parkinson’s Disease)
Welding is one of America’s most dangerous occupations. The over half-million American workers employed as welders know this. Potential hazards include fire and electrical injury, severe eye damage, falls, and all the other hazards facing construction and factory workers. But some hidden occupational hazards such as manganism put welders at specific risk…

Popcorn Lung in Factory Workers
Popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is fortunately a rare disease that affects the lungs of popcorn factory workers. The cause of popcorn lung is diacetyl exposure. Diacetyl is the chemical that gives microwave popcorn its buttery smell, but inhaled in large quantities and with other chemicals in popcorn flavoring, diacetyl becomes a dangerous chemical permanently destroying the air sacs in the lungs of factory workers suffering from popcorn lung.

Workplace Burn Injury and Workplace Law
Workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 U.S. workers each year, but not all workplace burns are from fires. Thermal burns can also occur from contact with hot objects present in many workplaces. Additionally, electrical, radiation, and chemical burns are dangers facing many other American workers, both those out in the field and those inside factories and laboratories. Learn about workplace law and OSHA standards, burn prevention, the degrees of burn damage, and much more in our Workplace Burns Newsletter…

The “Shocking” Dangers of Workplace Electrical Injuries & Accidents
Electrical accidents are the cause of 5-10% of traumatic work deaths, ranking fourth behind falls and punctures for work-related mortalities. All workers in unsafe workplaces – not just cable installers, tree trimmers, and construction workers working near overhead power lines – face risks of electrical injury. Read more about how workplace electrical shocks can result in a variety of severe injuries (including cardiac arrest, tissue degeneration, and serious burns), how proper “Lockout, Tagout” (LOTO) procedures prevent accidental workplace injury, why arc flash burns occur, and much more in our Workplace Electrical Injury Newsletter.

- Workplace Injury Prevention -
Hardhats for a Healthy Head
Though simple in design, a hardhat is your best protection against workplace head injuries.  Learn the parts of the hardhat that protect you from head injuries, proper care for your hardhat, and what medical and legal action you should take if you’ve had an unprotected head injury.

A View from the Top
Crane-Related Injuries and Deaths

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, it is not always the operator who is hurt. In fact, most crane-related injuries and death occur to innocent bystanders on the ground or sometimes even in their homes, third-party contractors, and construction workers outside the cab. Additionally, crane accidents can cause massive property damage and can alter the workplace environment by causing distress among coworkers concerned about working at the unsafe site. Click to read more about cranes, crane inspections, and crane-related workplace injuries such as electrocution and falls.

- New Treatments -
Ruptured Disk: To Operate or Not to Operate?
There has been some confusion about what somebody with a ruptured, or herniated, disk should do for treatment. If you have lower back and leg pain as a result of a workplace injury and are unsure of what kind of treatment you need, you need to seek proper treatment for your ruptured disk.


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