A group of hotel housekeepers in another state recently filed a purported class-action lawsuit against Marriott International, claiming the hotel chain willfully -- or even intentionally -- exposed them to toxic chemicals without training or personal protective equipment. That in itself is a big deal; the fine for violating federal hazardous workplace chemical regulations is $10,000 per day per worker exposed.
Sometimes, employers and workers' compensation insurers don't agree with an employee's claim. They may believe an injury didn't actually take place at work, or that an illness wasn't caused by a workplace hazard. They may try to blame the sick or injured employee. They may even deny the worker was actually an employee and claim he or she is a contractor. Or, they may simply dispute the amount of benefits the worker deserves.
Most lawyers have sat across the desk from a nervous client who is about to be sued for a large sum of money . It is not uncommon for a client in such dire straits to try to limit his exposure with a plan along the lines of "I'll just transfer my house to my brother " or " I'll just turnover all my paychecks to my son " or "I'll just take on some 'debt' to make myself judgment proof."