Whistleblowers

OSHA whistleblower enforcement activities and how to avoid liability for taking reprisals against workers for exercising safety and other workplace rights.

OSHA has ordered a company to reinstate a safety manager and pay him $190,000 in back wages and damages after he was demoted, censured and ultimately forced to resign.

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Thirteen United Airlines flight attendants who were fired over an incident involving menacing graffiti on an airplane have been reinstated in an agreement between the airline and lawyers representing the workers.

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Asphalt Specialists Inc. has been found in violation of OSHA’s Surface Transportation Assistance Act with wrongful termination of a foreman and two drivers.

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Being on the receiving end of a negative work performance review is never fun, but imagine receiving one for reporting an injury.

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An investigation by OSHA found that a trucking company blacklisted a driver in their industry after he sought medical attention for a work-related injury.

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Faced with an employer who ignores safety concerns or retaliates against those who raise them can drive a worker to become a whistleblower and report his company to the government. But becoming a whistleblower isn’t an easy road—and doesn’t guarantee any safety improvements to the workplace. No one knew this better than Charles Varnador.

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OSHA criticized for citing employers for safety incentive abuses without providing guidance.

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A truck driver told his supervisor that his dump truck was leaking brake fluid, the brake pedal went all the way down to the truck floor and he had almost rammed the car in front of him as a result. Don’t worry, it’ll be taken …

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In 2007, Southwest Airlines removed a pilot from flight status after he reported a high number of mechanical malfunction reports; 7 days later, he was fired for allegedly not cooperating in the investigation into his spike in reports. Now, OSHA has concluded that the firing …

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OSHA Instruction DIS 0-0.8, Whistleblower Investigations Manual, dated January 10, 2002, provides guidance for investigating complaints of discrimination under fourteen “whistleblower” statutes. Since January 2002 OSHA has been delegated responsibility for two additional whistleblower statutes, each containing various differences and distinctions in the way the …

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