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IL Survey of 300 Low-Wage Workers: Some Face Denial of Workers’ Comp Benefits, Retaliation


By Liz Carey

Chicago, IL ( - For more than nine years, Victoria, a warehouse employee in Chicago, worked making pizza boxes. On call seven days a week, she worked to earn a living the best she could.

After years on the job, she developed pains in her wrists and found that not only could she not work without being in severe pain, but that she couldn’t hold her young child without pain.

But for her, complaining or reporting her condition and filing for workers’ compensation wasn’t an answer. It was clear in her workplace, that complaining or filing for benefits meant retaliation, or worse yet, termination.

Now, after seven surgeries to repair the injuries to her wrist, caused by the repetitive motions of working...

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