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Whistleblower protections after safety violations

When you have concerns about your health or safety at work, you may address them first by speaking with your coworkers to see if they are as worried as you are. After all, you don't want to make a fuss unnecessarily if it is only your own imagination or paranoia getting the best of you. However, sometimes, those concerns are genuine, especially if you are certain your safety is on the line because your employer is not complying with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules. This may be the right time to make a fuss.

If you have approached your safety officer, your employer and your employer's supervisor but no one seems interested in addressing your safety concerns, you may be nervous about taking the next step. Perhaps you never imagined yourself to be the whistleblower type. However, you have a right to a safe work environment, and OSHA regulations can protect you as you assert this right.

Is your boss retaliating against you?

A whistleblower is an employee who reports his or her employer for violating the law, including OSHA safety regulations. Federal and Texas laws encourage workers to take their safety seriously, so they forbid employers from taking any adverse action against someone who reports safety issues, including:

  • Imposing any discipline against you
  • Firing you
  • Demoting you
  • Changing or reducing your hours
  • Transferring you to a position that damages your chances of advancement
  • Denying you a promotion you deserve
  • Blacklisting you from employment in your field

To ensure your protection against these and other forms of retaliation, you must follow OSHA protocol for filing a complaint. You can do this online, in person, by telephone or letter. If you experience backlash on the job, you must be able to prove that your employer knew or suspected you of reporting the violations, took adverse action against you, and that the adverse action was motivated by your report of safety violations to OSHA.

Deciding to report your employer is often a delicate and difficult path to take. It may also be fraught with legal complexities and risks. Additionally, you have a limited time in which to file your complaint. This is why many in your situation find it comforting to obtain the counsel of an experienced whistleblower defense attorney who will provide aggressive representation from the earliest stages of the process.

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