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  • Pan Am Ordered to Pay $50,000 for Retaliating Against Injured Worker

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced on September 3, 2013, that it had ordered Pan Am Railways Inc. to pay $50,000 to an injured worker who the agency determined Pan Am had illegally retaliated against for reporting his injury.  In addition,…

  • Hotel Giant Ordered to Reinstate and Pay $325,000 in Backpay to SOX Whistleblower

    MGM International was ordered to reinstate a whistleblower who alleged that he was terminated in violation of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) on September 5, 2013, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”).  OSHA also ordered MGM…

  • Whistleblower, Allegedly Deployed in Retaliation, Allowed to Continue Lawsuit

    Whistleblower Mike Elder was allowed to continue with his case alleging that DRS Technologies, Inc. (“DRS”), illegally retaliated against him in violation of the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) anti-retaliation provision following a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denying DRS’s motion to dismiss the…

  • Decrease in Workplace Injury Reporting May Be Linked to Retaliation

    Retaliation against workers for reporting workplace injuries may be on the rise, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.  We have documented this trend repeatedly on this blog, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has held employers accountable for…

  • Consumer Finance Whistleblowers May Seek Dodd-Frank Protections

    While there has been a good deal of discussion about the increased protections provided by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to whistleblowers who provide information about securities violations, the Act’s protections for employees working in businesses that sell or process consumer financial products, including the debt-collection…

  • Nuclear Whistleblower Raises Questions About “Rehabilitated” Plant

    Nuclear whistleblower Joni Johnson, an engineer formerly employed by the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama, made a surprise appearance at a public meeting hosted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC”) at the Calhoun Community College near Huntsville, Alabama.  According to the Athens News-Courier, NRC officials at the…

  • Environmental Whistleblower Reinstated and Awarded $160,000 by OSHA

    A technician who was terminated after raising safety concerns about lead abatement during a residential water mitigation project in Ohio was reinstated and awarded over $160,000 in damages after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) determined that his termination constituted a violation…

  • Injured Railroad Employee Awarded $137k After Retaliatory Suspension

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has ordered yet another railway company to compensate a worker after determining that the company retaliated against the worker for reporting a workplace injury.  The company’s termination of the worker violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Federal…

  • Federal Appeals Board Extends Whistleblower Protections Retroactively

    Government whistleblowers received great news from the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”) last week when the appeals board ruled that the provisions of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (“WPEA”) which provide protection to whistleblower disclosures made in the course of an employee’s normal duties and made to…

  • Hotel Whistleblower Receives $22k After Safety Complaint Retaliation

    A whistleblower in Massachusetts will receive $22,225 in back wages and compensatory damages from his former company following a determination by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) that the company terminated him in retaliation for raising workplace safety concerns.  According to an OSHA…