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Worker’s Compensation Retaliation
Issue: Workers' Compensation Retaliation

It is unlawful for any person or business to discharge or otherwise discriminate against an employee because that person asserted a claim for workers' compensation benefits. It is also unlawful for a person or business to refuse to hire an applicant for employment because in the past that applicant asserted a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

The Attorney General enforces the anti-retaliation provision of the workers' compensation law against employers (other than the State of Vermont) by investigating complaints of retaliation and, where appropriate, seeking court orders to restrain the retaliatory acts and obtaining civil penalties and other relief from the employer. All other workers' compensation related claims are handled by the Department of Labor.

How do I:

  • File a retaliation complaint against a private employer?

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  • Learn more about the Attorney General's Civil Rights Unit Investigative Process?
  • File a claim for or complaint about workers' compensation claims and benefits, other than questions related to retaliation or discrimination?


Department of Labor
P.O. Box 488
5 Green Mountain Drive
Montpelier Vermont 05601-0488
(802) 828-2286
fax: (802) 828-2195

  • File a retaliation complaint against the State of Vermont?


Human Rights Commission
135 State Street, Drawer 33
Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
(802) 828-2480 (phone and TTY)
(800) 416-2010 (toll-free in Vermont only)
(802) 828-2481 (fax)

Law: Worker’s Compensation Act-- Unlawful Discrimination,

21 V.S.A. § 710. (scroll down page for 710)

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