I work for a real estate company. We had a meeting with just my boss and 5 maintenance guys, all the office workers and the owner of the company were not there. At the meeting 1 guy asked for the day off because of a sore back. My boss said"you can take as much time off as you like but the next guy to file a worker's comp claim will be fired."
Well about 3 months later I did hurt my back. I didn't tell anyone for 3 months. The pain got to bad that I had to go to the doctor's, MRI showed 3 broken vertebrae and 2 ruptured discs. I needed emergency spinal fusion surgery and disc replacement with a bone graft. My boss said that I will go out on unemployment and they will keep all my benefits going until recovery is complete. After surgery everything changed ,my benefits were dropped in the middle of pt . Unemployment told me what I was trying to do was illegal. My last pay check was the week of my surgery. I called the owner and emailed him and wrote him afew text, he sent me back to my boss. He clearly didn't know what was going on and didn't want anything to do with it. Well all the maintenance guys that I Work with for 15 years suddenly didn't remember that meeting ,in fear of losing their jobs. I received a phone call telling me to stop harassing the staff.
Now we're in a 2 year dispute over comp liability. I lost everything and still haven't received a penny from workers comp insurance.