Workers in Connecticut who are injured on the job are legally protected against discrimination and retaliation from their employers when they file claims for workers' compensation benefits. Violations may result in civil lawsuits for job reinstatement, payment of back wages, reestablishment of benefits, payment of attorneys' fees and even punitive damages.
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration reported figures from the National Safety Council that fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries in the United States resulted in $198 billion in losses in 2012. Taxpayer-supported programs, injured workers and their families bear the brunt of these costs, according to OSHA.
Workers employed through staffing agencies supplied to a host employer and paid by the agency have the right to a safe workplace regardless of the job's permanence. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Safety and Health have noted the numerous deaths that may have been prevented among these temporary workers and recommend best practices for staffing agencies and host employers which will protect Connecticut workers.
A Connecticut worker who is injured on the job may be entitled to non-taxable lost wages and other compensation. Workers' compensation in the state is a no-fault system of insurance covering almost all workers, including minors, non-citizens and part-time employees, regardless of the size of their employer, their job, their employment duration or the number of hours worked each day.
The Connecticut General Assembly is considering two bills this session that would expand workers' compensation benefits coverage for mental trauma stemming from witnessing violent events such as the Dec. 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The bills would return benefits that were lost when the law was overhauled in 1993 to lower costs.