In a case involving retaliation against an employee who reported a workplace injury, OSHA has won a judgment against the Illinois Central Railroad.
The railroad investigated the reported injury—and then fired the man who reported it.
OSHA investigators determined that he had been wrongfully punished. OSHA brought charges under the whistle-blower provision of the Federal Rail Safety Act.
An administrative judge ordered the railroad to pay the employee $57,587 in back wages, $10,000 in compensatory damages, and $12,866 in attorneys’ fees. Either side may appeal the ruling.