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Chipotle settles after jury awards $7.9M to employee in workers’ comp retaliation case

Following an almost $8 million jury verdict, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reached a confidential settlement with a former manager who claims the restaurant chain retaliated against her after she filed a workers’ comp claim.  [Read more…]

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Injured during team building: Was firing retaliation for workers’ comp claim?

The court deciding this case noted its ironic twist: “A company outing meant to boost morale and teamwork resulted in an injury … and this acrimonious lawsuit.”  [Read more…]

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Was employee fired as retaliation or for sleeping on the job?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) claims this employer violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) by firing two employees because they made safety complaints. The company says it had legit reasons for the firings.  [Read more…]

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Company ordered to pay $250K in whistleblower retaliation case

Why did this company get the maximum penalty allowed under federal law ($250,000) in a whistleblower retaliation case?  [Read more…]

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OSHA unveils new version of its required workplace poster

The last time OSHA updated the “It’s the Law” poster was in 2007. Now the agency is out with a new version that incorporates new injury reporting obligations for employers.  [Read more…]

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Judge: Pay whistleblower $229K in damages

An employee claimed he faced retaliation because he told a co-worker how to contact OSHA with a safety complaint. Now a judge has ordered his employer to pay $229,228 in damages.  [Read more…]

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$260K penalty after disciplining worker for reporting injury

Federal officials have levied the largest penalty of its kind against an employer following an investigation that showed the company taking action against an employee who reported a workplace injury.  [Read more…]

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Court makes it easier to prove retaliation in workers’ comp cases

An employee on light duty was fired when the company owner thought he was goofing off. The employee filed a lawsuit charging this was retaliation after he filed a workers’ comp claim. This case brought about a major change in workers’ comp law.  [Read more…]

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OSHA stats: Vast majority of retaliation claims are baseless

OSHA’s own statistics have an alarming message for businesses: While more allegations of whistleblower retaliation are coming in each year, the number of legitimate instances are actually very low.  [Read more…]

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Was she fired in retaliation for taking FMLA leave for work injury?

A FedEx courier injured her knee on the job. She required surgery and took time off under the Family Medical Leave Act. Shortly after she returned to work, she was fired for falsifying records. Was the firing justified or was it retaliation for taking FMLA leave? [Read more…]

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