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Workers comp retaliation bill introduced in New York


New York lawmakers have filed proposed legislation that would bar employers from retaliating against workers who file for workers compensation.

Senate Bill 1488, introduced Thursday, prohibits businesses from engaging in retaliation if workers file comp claims following work-related injuries.

Retaliation is specifically defined in the measure as threatening to contact or contacting U.S. immigration authorities over a worker’s suspected citizenship or immigration status as well as that of household members of workers.

If passed into law, employers found to be in violation face fines between $500 and $2,000.

The bill adds “retaliation” to language that already makes it illegal for employers to “discriminate” against employees for filing work comp claims.

The bill was sent to the Senate Labor Committee.