Sep 2, 2015

Whistleblower Protection? Houston-based Continental Alloys and Services Inc. wrongfully fires worker for reporting incomplete injury records

Department of Labor

Following a whistleblower investigation of Continental Alloys and Services Inc. in Spring, Texas, OSHA found the company wrongfully fired a worker after she complained to management about deficient injury records. The former employee reported several alleged instances where injuries were not reported.

OSHA is asking a judge to issue an injunction prohibiting the company from engaging in any further retaliation. It is also asking the judge to order the company to pay the worker back pay, reinstate the worker, and pay her any other damages she sustained as a result of the illegal termination.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970 and 21 other statutes protecting employees who report violations of various airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health-care reform, nuclear, pipeline, worker safety, public transportation agency, maritime and securities laws. For more information, read the news brief

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