If you've ever performed a job that required you to repeat the same motion over and over again, then you may not have realized that you could have seriously damaged your muscles and connective tissue in the process. Called repetitive motion injuries, the damage associated with such injuries can take a long time before symptoms present themselves. But in some cases, when symptoms -- such as pain or numbness -- do present themselves, it may be too late to fully correct the damage.
Employers in Ohio and across the nation are required to provide employees with safe work environments, and this often requires proper safety training and gear in hazardous work environments. When employers fail to respect this very basic workers' right, serious workplace accidents may occur, resulting in injuries and even death.
The Ohio Bell Telephone Company, doing business as AT&T, is the defendant to a lawsuit filed recently by the U.S. Department of Labor in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The suit alleges that the company penalized workers for reporting workplace injuries. The suit claims that on 13 occasions, employees were suspended without pay after informing the company about an on-the-job injury.