Feb. 1, 2019 – Senior Legal Analyst Time And The Tension Between Workers Compensation And Suing In Court For Bad Things That Happen At Work

Unfortunately, people get hurt on the job all the time. From small trip and fall accidents to serious injuries and even death, the workplace can be very dangerous. Over the decades, the legal and political systems adapted to this reality with a “workers compensation” system that prevents workers from suing in court (like normal lawsuits) but exchanges that for swift, certain, but more limited, compensation, through an administrative bureaucracy, outside the court system. So, what happens when sexual harassment, hostile work environment and other bad things happen at work and the employees sue in court – like our case today? Can they be in civil court or must they file workers compensation claims as their exclusive remedy? It’s Senior Legal Analyst time, today, Beyond The Norm.