OSHA alleges railway company maintained safety record through “chilling” employee intimidation
On May 13, 2009, the employee was initially injured in
The order issued by OSHA awards the former employee, now living in
Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is a major transporter/hauler of coal and other commodities serving every major container port in the eastern
OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act and 20 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, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime and securities laws. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who raise various protected concerns or provide protected information to the employer or to the government. Employees who believe they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the secretary of labor for an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program. Detailed information on employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets, is available online at http://www.whistleblowers.gov.