Safety and OSHA News

Company ordered to pay whistleblower $164K after OSHA investigation

OSHA has ordered a Houston-based company to pay a former employee back wages and other compensation after an investigation found the employer fired a whistleblower.  [Read more…]

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OSHA: Not calling part-timer for work amounts to whistleblower retaliation

OSHA is seeking a court order against a company, saying it discriminated against a worker for filing a safety complaint with the federal agency.  [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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Worker fired after complaining about mold: Company must pay her $105K

A company fired an employee after she complained about mold in an office. Now a court judgment orders the employer to pay her $105,000 and take other action.  [Read more…]

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Did company place production over safety? $1.6M verdict

In this whistleblower case, a federal jury has awarded a former employee $1.66 million after being fired. The employee says he was fired for taking proper safety measures. The company says he was fired for insubordination and lying.  [Read more…]

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Court: Company can’t fire worker for going to media with health concerns

In what’s being called a “significant win for whistleblowers,” a federal court has ordered Lear Corp. to stop retaliating against an employee for going to the media about workers’ chemical exposure.  [Read more…]

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Company ordered to pay $536K for retaliating against injured worker

OSHA has ordered North America’s second-largest freight railroad to reinstate an employee and pay him $536,063 for retaliating against him after reporting a knee injury.  [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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More companies in violation of whistleblower laws; half of complaints dismissed

Some statistics just released by OSHA provide a window into what happens when an employee makes a whistleblower complaint.  [Read more…]

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5 audits looking at effectiveness of OSHA

Sometimes the people who do the inspecting get inspected, too. As part of its 2015 Workplan, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will continue or begin five audits to determine OSHA’s effectiveness.  [Read more…]

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