Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to pay a former employee $122,199 in damages as well as reasonable attorney’s fees. The company violated the employee’s rights under the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act by terminating the employee for reporting an on-the-job injury in 2009.
“Every American worker has the right to report an injury without fear of retaliation or intimidation,” said Cindy A. Coe, OSHA’s regional administrator in Atlanta. “The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to protecting all employees, including those in the railroad industry, from such mistreatment and will prosecute these employers to the fullest extent of the law.”
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Detailed information on employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets, is available online at http://www.whistleblowers.gov