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Social media makes proving employee fraud easier

When a California worker is injured on the job, he or she may have the option of filing for benefits via workers' compensation insurance. Although most people are honest, there are some who may be looking to take advantage of the system and defraud employers. With the popularity of social media, it is now easier to detect employee fraud.

Before the advent of the Internet, employers only had limited and costly methods for investigating possible workers' compensation fraud committed by employees. Although employers may have suspected something strange going on with an injured worker's behavior while the worker was receiving benefits, it was often difficult to prove that something was amiss. Employers used to incur significant costs to hire private investigators in order to build an employee fraud case.

However, now with the widespread use of social media, many people regularly post their personal information on the Internet. Many times, social media posts have little privacy if the proper security settings are not selected. A dishonest injured worker may easily post clues and statements on their social media accounts which would seem to suggest they are lying about the extent of their injuries.

Employers who suspect an injured worker of employee fraud may want to look into investigating the employee's social media posts. If the worker is attempting to obtain workers' compensation benefits through fraud, the employer may choose to take legal action in order to challenge the worker's right to receive benefits. However, there are laws governing how an employer obtains evidence to support a case. A workers' compensation attorney with experience in handling employee fraud cases in California can provide guidance and support to employers who believe an employee has unfairly taken advantage of the compensation system in our state.

Source: businessinsurance.com, "Workers compensation fraud investigations: Old school meets new tools", Denise Johnson, Jan. 14, 2015

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