Federal authorities have ordered Virginia’s Norfolk Southern Railway Co. to pay three employees more than $800,000. The workers were fired for reporting injuries on the job. OSHA also ordered the company to expunge the disciplinary records of the three whistleblowers, post workplace notices regarding whistleblower protection rights, and provide training about those rights. The firings by the company included:
• A worker in Greenville, S.C., was fired in August 2009 after reporting he was hurt when hit by the company’s gang truck.
• A Louisville, Ky., engineer was fired in March 2010 after reporting he tripped and fell in a locomotive restroom.
• In July 2010, a railroad conductor in Harrisburg, Pa., was terminated after reporting he blacked out and fell and hurt his head.
OSHA has not identified the workers and the company can appeal the findings. No employee should be fired for reporting an injury to his or her employer. That sort of thing can’t be tolerated.
Source: Claims Journal
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