OSHA recently awarded a whistleblower $5.4 million in damages against his former employer, Wells Fargo. This award arises under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), which contains a strong anti-retaliation provision. In this case, the whistleblower was a bank manager who was terminated after reporting separate incidents of bank, mail and wire fraud by his subordinate bankers….
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. to compensate a worker who was subjected to retaliation in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA). OSHA also ordered the trucking company to stop retaliating against workers who refuse to violate safety regulations. The complainant, a commercial truck driver,…
On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began accepting whistleblower complaints through its new online complaint form. The form contains nineteen questions that are geared towards general violations of OSHA’s safety provisions and regulations. The form is not tailored towards whistleblowers who wish to report violations of…
Whistleblowers are often subjected to retaliation for their attempts to expose and correct dangerous and illegal behavior. In the majority of situations it’s the whistleblower’s career that suffers because of his or her employer’s retaliatory conduct. However, in some situations the retaliation goes even farther. On October 23, 2013, OSHA ruled in favor of a…
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