Search Site
Menu
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 safety hazards to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Case stems from dangerous conditions at foundry

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unnamed employee was terminated in October 2015. He had reported water leaking into an electric box, prompting OSHA to investigate. The ensuing investigation also determined Fairmount Foundry did fire the whistleblower in retaliation for making a protected report as listed under Section 11(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

All employees are afforded whistleblower protections. They are allowed to report safety hazards to OSHA without fearing for their jobs or retaliation of any sort. The jury found that Fairmount Foundry was in violation of those federal whistleblower protection laws by terminating the employee for the reason of his making the report in question.

OSHA is not the only agency that offers whistleblower protections on a federal level. In fact, there has never been a better time for whistleblower rights in the United States. The federal government continues to take steps to protect whistleblowers and encourage them to come forward with information on wrongdoing, whether it’s safety hazards on a job site or fraudulent schemes within a healthcare organization.

To learn more about the steps you can take if you believe you have information on internal wrongdoing at your company or organization, consult a dedicated attorney with Kardell Law Group.

Honors
Our Office
  • Dallas Office
    4514 Cole Ave
    #600
    Dallas, Texas 75205
    Phone: 214-306-8045
    Fax: 469-729-9926
Testimonials
  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

FOLLOW US
Facebook Twitter Linkedin RSS Feed JD Supra