OSHA Orders Norfolk Southern to Pay an Employee $288,000

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to pay a Savannah-based employee $288,700 for punishing him because he said he was hurt on the job.

The federal government said the employee was fired on trumped-up charges and pressured into admitting misconduct.

OSHA ordered the company to expunge the employee’s disciplinary record, post a notice on whistle blower protection rights law and train its employees on those rights.

Norfolk Southern must pay the worker:

  • $150,000 in punitive damages;
  • $125,000 for mental anguish, pain and suffering;
  • $10,550 in back pay and costs related to buying back lost retirement benefits;
  • $3,150 in attorney’s fees.

The penalties, levied by OSHA, follow several others against the railroad in the past two years totaling more than $2 million.

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