DOL Files Complaint Seeking Damages for Whistleblower Fired for Reporting Unsafe Working Conditions

An injury suffered as a result of a Missouri work accident is a serious legal matter. Northland Injury Law’s Missouri compensation lawyers have helped countless workers fight for their rights under the Missouri workers compensation laws. If you have suffered a work injury, there is a good chance your employer has workers’ compensation insurance coverage to cover your medical treatment, lost wages, and settlement for your permanent injury. When an injury occurs, you should contact a workmans comp attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. Many injured workers think they will automatically be provided with adequate medical care and timely lost wage payments. However, many workers quickly find out that the insurance carriers do not play fair. The Kansas City workers compensation attorneys at Northland Injury Law have the experience necessary to help you navigate the workers’ compensation system and obtain a fair and just recovery, whether by settlement or by prosecuting your work injury claim through a hearing.

A production operator at a Bridgeton, Missouri plant was fired after reporting unsafe working conditions.

The worker initially reported the unsafe conditions to management, and then reported the conditions to a third party. The next day the employee was suspended, fourteen days later, terminated.

The worker then filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA investigated the complain that alleged the worker was fired in retaliation for reporting unsafe work conditions. On March 9, 2021, OSHA filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, alleging the company violated the whistleblower statutes when it terminated the worker. The complaint seeks back wages, reinstatement, damages for the worker, and an order requiring the company to post a notice regarding employees’ rights to report unsafe work conditions without fear of retaliation.

OSHA’s whistleblower program enforces the twenty plus whistleblower statutes of the Occupational Safety & Health Act. These statutes are designed to protect workers from retaliation when they report unsafe working conditions.

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If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, Northland Injury Law can help ensure you get full and fair compensation under the law. The attorneys at Northland Injury Law are experienced in navigating the ins and out of the workers’ compensation process and their experience can help you with a complicated claim. For a more comprehensive list of all the questions you might have about workers’ compensation, and for a free consultation, please call (816)-400-4878. If you have further questions about your case, do not hesitate to reach out to us by the phone number, through the contact form, or even with the live chat option listed on our site!

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