Although most Detroit area workers have a good employer there are certain situations in which an employee is subjected to terrible circumstances. When an employee is asked to do something that is stressful and upsetting it can have life-long impacts. Facebook employees recently settled a lawsuit with some of their employees over the PTSD they developed on the job.
Facebook, one of the most recognizable companies in the U.S., recently reached a $52 million settlement with thousands of its moderators. Many of these moderators were hired in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election when Facebook was criticized for not removing content on their site that was deemed as hurtful. Many contractors from all over the country were brought in to an environment where it was demanded that they be accurate and perfect in reviewing the content on Facebook. These moderators viewed graphic and disturbing content every day including rapes, beheadings, murder and suicide. The settlement will give each moderator $1,000 and additional money will be available if a person has developed post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental conditions related to their job. Up to $50,000 for damages may also be available.
No one expects their job will lead to a serious medical condition like post-traumatic stress disorder. If a person believes their job has harmed them, they may want to speak with an attorney who has experience in employment law. An attorney can review the circumstances surrounding their client’s complaint and address any workplace violations that may have occurred.
It is important for an employer to follow the rules and not subject their employees to harassment, trauma, or discrimination. In these cases an attorney can help advise their client as to what their legal options may be.