Preface. Last December, I slipped and fell on the ice in the parking lot at work. I injured my shoulder, my wrist and my knee. the shoulder recovered on its own, but the wrist required treatment and the knee will likely require surgery for a fractured meniscus. All of these things are being covered by Workers Compensation.
I was informed by a friend at work that, several times over the last week or so, when I was out on a call, a coworker has been in my cubicle looking at my schedule book and also going into my cupboard.
When asked why she was there, she gave no reason for this intrusion on my privacy. Rather she questioned my friend as to why I had not taken any sick time for going to appointments arising from my accident. She also questioned why I was going to a city about 45 miles away rather than the local clinic. (The local clinic has 3-4 orthopedic specialists, other city, several orthopedic clinics with specialists in wrists and knees).
The coworker then implied to my friend that my knee injury might have happened as a result of a bicycle accident I had. To the best of my recollection, that accident had to have happened at least 8 years ago.
Since no Minnesota attorney has answered, I will try to help a bit. Your best bet may be to consult both a local work comp attorney, and perhaps a labor law attorney, regarding the issues you mention. This is because while you obviously have a work comp claim and may benefit from advice as to how to proceed, your other issues, such as how you are treated at work, and privacy issues, may extend beyond work comp into the area of labor law. You can look for an attorney through this site, by clicking the "Find a Lawyer" tab at the top of this page, and then searching for both a workers compensation and labor law attorney in your city and state. Best of luck to you.
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I would have to agree with Mr. Fisher.
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