Milwaukee Healthcare Worker Attorney
Wisconsin state law offers protection for health care workers and others who are required to report in good faith any physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, or other violations of care. Under the law, employees who make a report with a state agency cannot be fired, demoted, harassed, threatened, or otherwise discriminated against in response to their making reports.
If you suffered wrongful termination, demotion, harassment, or other retaliation after you made a report or shared information with a state official during an investigation, you may have a valid retaliation and discrimination claim. Contact Alan C. Olson & Associates, s.c., to discuss your claim in a free initial phone consultation.
Wisconsin statutes such as 16.009, 46.90, 50.07, and 146.997 protects health care workers, mandatory reporters, and certified and licensed employees who participate in the following protected activities:
- File a report in good faith that there is a violation of care in a nursing home, hospice care facility, adult group home, or other long-term care or skilled nursing facility
- Report an incident under mandatory reporting laws
- Report a breach of confidentiality by drug or alcohol counselor, sexual abuse counselors, or other counselors of children or adults
- Provide information to any state official, agency representative, or county board representative
- Participate or testify in an official proceeding or investigation into allegations
Also protected are health care workers who do not personally make the report but prompt another worker to report a violation. Our team of lawyers and professionals at Alan C. Olson & Associates, s.c., will ensure that your retaliation claim is well-supported and we work to recover both monetary damages and recovery for what money cannot buy.
If any employer fires, retaliates against, or discriminates against a health care worker within 120 days of the worker making a report, it is assumed that the termination, demotion or other retaliation is a direct response to the report. Any heath care worker who suffered retaliation should contact an experienced attorney and file a complaint with the Department of Workforce Development.
Retaliation against a health care worker can take many forms: Demotion, termination, failure to promote, reduction in work hours, false performance reviews, hostility or on-going harassment, or any other material change in the terms or condition of employment.
If you believe your demotion, termination, or poor performance review is a direct result of your reporting care violations, contact us to discuss your claim in a free initial phone consultation. We can help you assert your employee rights and use the protection offered under Wisconsin law.