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OSHA Once Again Reminds Employers: Whistleblower Retaliation is Illegal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a reminder to employers across the United States that any form of retaliation against employees who blow the whistle on suspect working conditions is strictly illegal. Examples of illegal retaliation include termination, demotion, reductions in pay/hours or denials of promotions/overtime. Workers who believe they have been Read More

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School District Must Pay More Than $100,000 to Settle Asbestos Whistleblower Claim

Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 (D7) was ordered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to pay more than $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who made complaints about asbestos in school facilities in 2012 and 2016. The settlement money was for $102,905 in back wages, damages and other compensations. Read More

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Safety Inspection Whistleblower Case Results in Employees Receiving $1 Million Settlement

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently awarded a pair of employees just over $1 million in lost wages and punitive damages. The company ordered to pay the damages was fire protection equipment manufacturer Lloyd Industries Inc. and its owner, William P. Lloyd. The court found the Read More

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OSHA Provides Five-Point Guidelines to Prevent Whistleblower Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a set of recommendations to help companies prevent whistleblower retaliation from occurring in their workplaces. The agency suggests training all employees about their right to report any such issues that arise to OSHA or another appropriate agency. It also encourages employers to implement programs that allow employees Read More

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Whistleblower Awarded $40,000 After Retaliation for Reporting OSHA Violations

A whistleblower recently received $40,000 from a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The award compensated him for lost wages and pain and suffering after his wrongful termination from Fairmount Foundry, Inc. According to the whistleblower, he was illegally fired from the foundry after he reported some health and Read More

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OSHA: Wells Fargo Treated Terminated Manager Unfairly After He Exposed Potential Fraud

Banking giant Wells Fargo must reinstate a former manager who was fired after he reported possible fraud happening within the organization. The order comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is forcing the bank to pay the employee back wages, attorneys’ fees and other monetary damages in amounts Read More

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Federal Judge Says No to Preliminary Injunction on OSHA Anti-Retaliation Regulations

On November 28, a federal judge in Texas ruled against an injunction that would have prevented a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) anti-retaliation regulation from going into effect. This new regulation requires all employers to provide proper notice to their employees of their right to report any injuries suffered in the scope of Read More

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OSHA Pilot Program to Allow for Expedited Case Processing

The Western Region of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched its Expedited Case Processing Pilot, which allows whistleblowers to request OSHA to expedite its findings during an investigation. For a complainant’s case to be moved to the Office of Administrative Law Judges in an expedited manner, it must meet all of the Read More

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OSHA Eases Up on Pleading Standards for Whistleblower Claims

Large employers could expect to see an even greater increase in whistleblower complaints after new guidance from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration relaxes some of the standards for investigators who are given the task of determining if violations of whistleblower law exist. The revisions to OSHA’s Whistleblower Investigations Manual went into effect on January Read More

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OSHA Sides with Truck Driver in Whistleblower Case in New York

A truck driver has received a $45,000 award after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determined the company that employed him violated a variety of whistleblower laws. The man began driving for Brindi Trailer Sales and Services of Meridale in 2011. Not long after he started working for the company, Read More

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