Court upholds OSHA finding that railroad company violated Maine employee’s whistleblower rights

(Boston, MA – Insurance News and Markets) – Pan Am Railways has been ordered to pay an employee who was fired after filing a Federal Railroad Safety Whistleblower complaint, approximately $260,000 in damages. The company must also change their   practices.

The decision comes after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated a 2011 complaint against the railroad. OSHA found that Pan Am had retaliated against an employee  Waterville, Maine, when the company said he was dishonest after filing a report on an injury.

“This case is a strong reminder that our whistleblower laws prohibit reprisals against employees who file whistleblower complaints, report workplace injuries and illnesses, or raise awareness of hazardous safety or security conditions,” said Galen Blanton, OSHA’s New England regional administrator.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.