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The injury is work related and I know this to be true because I was her manager when the injury occurred. Unfortunately, the healthcare that this employer offers to its employees is terrible. It is the type of plan that used to be called a "catastrophic illness plan". High premeiums for the employee, huge deductibles, and huge out of pocket amounts. Nevertheless, that is what employees are stuck with should they opt to accept this kind of healthcare insurance plan.
This is just my opinion, but it seems absolutely incredulous that someone who was injured on the job isby law forced to pay the total amount of the monthly premiums for their employer's healthcare insurance plan while they are recovering from their injuries. I mean it is almost laughable to think that our lawmakers actually felt that employees that have suffered an injury at work and as a result their income has been reduced by 33 1\3 % can actually afford to pay the entire monthly premium amounts for their employer's healthcare plan that they were using before they sustained their injury?
This particular employer was definite at fault in this situation. It was not a no fault accident that occurred. This employee suffered months of mental anguish and abuse by the branch manager. I know, because I witnessed the abusive behavior on numerous occassions but was I was limited on the means that I could use to stop the branch manager. All I could do was to warn the district and regional offices that if he didn't cease harassing this employee, she was going to have a mental breakdown and that is exactly what happened. There are suppose to be laws that protect employees from employers like this but in realty they protect the employee at all, It is very sad that we continue to allow these kind of employers to behave this way towards their employees and the fact that we further punish the abused employee is beyond me . . . . . .
Yes, you have been very helpful.