What Are My Rights as a Dollar Store Worker in Florida?
Many Florida residents work at dollar stores, and these retail outlets have become common throughout the Sunshine State. When it comes to workplace safety, working at a dollar store is no different than working at an office, a cafe, or a farm. Every worker deserves the right to a safe environment, but dollar store employees may be especially vulnerable to a range of hazards. Finally, the OSHA is beginning to take notice of these hazards. But what exactly are your rights if you become injured?
Common Hazards for Dollar Store Employees
Dollar store employees may face a range of hazards throughout each workday. One potential danger is slipping and falling, as aisles may become cluttered with dropped items, liquid spills, and other hazards. Employees may also be injured by falling items. One major focus in recent years is the risk of a fire, and some dollar stores have been accused of lacking proper fire exits.
But perhaps the most notable danger in the modern era comes from customers. Dollar stores have become targets for criminals. These individuals may shoplift items, steal money from the cash register, or become violent when inside the store. There are also reports of addicts using their drugs on store premises. Unfortunately, workers often find themselves at risk because of these dangerous customers – and many have suffered various injuries as a result. Some have even been killed.
According to one report, over 150 people were killed by guns in dollar stores from 2014 to 2021. Approximately 330 people also suffered gunshot injuries during this same period. This year, seven people have died in dollar stores during the month of August alone. This includes a shooting that made headlines in Jacksonville, Florida and killed three people.
The OSHA Cracks Down on Dollar General
One of the most well-known dollar stores in the United States is Dollar General, and this company runs numerous locations throughout Florida. However, Dollar General is now facing serious action from the OSHA for safety violations. Many workers at this store are outraged that the company is not spending more on security.
While the company specializes in selling low-cost items, the profit margins are tremendous – and Dollar General rakes in close to $1 billion each year. Because they are not reinvesting these profits responsibly, employees continuously complain of low wages and serious dangers. Since 2021, the Department of Labor has imposed over $20 million in penalties on Dollar General.
Where Can I Find a Workers’ Comp Attorney in Tampa?
If you’ve been searching for an experienced Tampa workers’ comp attorney, look no further than the Franco Law Firm. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs in the Tampa area, and we know that dollar store workers face a range of unique hazards. Whether you have been injured by a shoplifter or you simply slipped on a wet floor, you have the right to pursue compensation. Book a consultation today to consider your legal options.