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Many California workplace accidents involve extenuating issues

A man who used to work at an aluminum company in California has filed a lawsuit against his former employer. As is evidenced by this situation, workplace accidents often involve other surrounding issues. In this case, a central focus of the lawsuit appears to be racial discrimination.

The man was only one of five other African-American employees on a payroll of 500 workers. He said he was very shocked to find that someone had positioned a white hood with eye holes cut out over his work station. The worker stated that it was obvious that the hood was meant to resemble those worn by Ku Klux Klan members in the past.

The former employee says he immediately brought the issue to the attention of his superiors. One of his employers allegedly chided him, using a Spanish slang word that refers to homosexuality. The man was eventually fired in April 2015, after his employer reportedly claimed he failed to see a doctor after a workplace accident.

In the aftermaths of California workplace accidents, it is common for those injured to file workers' compensation claims to collect benefits that help pay medical bills and replace lost wages. It is, however, not assumed that workers will face retaliation for doing. Injured workers in California have the right to seek assistance pursuing workers' compensation, and they also have the right to seek legal counsel when seeking benefits results in termination or another form of retaliation. In either case, the assistance of an experienced legal professional can be invaluable.

Source: alternet.org, "Lawsuit Filed By Black Factory Worker, Who Says He Was Fired After Reporting a KKK Hood Above His Workstation, Will Proceed", Michael Arria, Aug.10, 2016

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