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Report: OSHA Has Only Resolved Two Percent of Retaliation Reports Against COVID Whistleblowers So Far

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a surge of whistleblower complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A significant portion of these complaints are related to claims of retaliation against people who blew the whistle against insufficient health and safety protocols in the wake of the pandemic. Recent reports indicate OSHA has fallen far Read More

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OSHA Whistleblower Complaints Becoming More Common Across the United States

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports an increase in whistleblower complaints, particularly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and many of which are related to the pandemic itself. For the time from February 18 through May 31, there were 4,101 whistleblower complaints filed with the agency, an increase of 30 percent over Read More

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OSHA: Carrier Must Reinstate Driver Who Blew the Whistle on Safety Concerns

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered a California trucking company to reinstate a former truck driver it fired after raising safety concerns about overweight hauling. The instructions from OSHA also required JHOS Logistics and Transportation Inc. to pay the driver nearly $200,000 in back wages, plus an additional $25,000 in punitive damages and Read More

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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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