Whistleblower Lawsuits

Whistleblower Lawsuits: Railroad Workers

Legislation passed in 2007 to amend the Federal Railroad Safety Act has given the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) authority for providing whistleblower protection to railroad workers across the country. The law also makes new remedies available to workers who receive retaliation from the railroad carrier for their actions in reporting on wrongdoing and unsafe practices within the company. If you have been fired, harassed or intimidated in connection with reporting a railroad injury, you should contact The Law Offices of Martin E. Jackson to discuss a strategy for recovering compensation.

You have an obligation to report all traumatic railroad personal injuries promptly. It is important to report individuals who conduct this type of harassment, whether they are acting individually or carrying out a companywide policy to discourage FELA claims. Your employer is required to adopt policies which inform all railroad workers of their rights under law. Federal regulations provide that: "Harassment or intimidation of any person that is calculated to discourage or prevent such person from receiving proper medical treatment or from reporting an accident, incident, injury, or illness will not be permitted or tolerated and will result in disciplinary action against such person committing the harassment or intimidation."

FELA Attorney for Whistleblower Lawsuits

Your whistleblower protections cover your right against retaliation for making a report on any safety or security violations, whether you report to the government or directly to your employer. Examples of adverse actions which are prohibited include firing, demoting, denying promotion or overtime, making threats, intimidation and reducing pay or hours. If you are successful in your claim, you can be reinstated to your former position with the same pay and benefits, receive back pay with interest, be compensated for witness fees and attorney fees and receive punitive damages. You must file your complaint within 180 days of the date when you received the adverse action, or you will lose your right to pursue damages.

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