Whistleblower Illinois Rail Employee Wins Against Railroads That Fired Him


Last week, OSHA issued its order, and this time, the worker won.

This guy, who worked for the local railroads, came forward and filed formal allegations with OSHA, explaining that he was fired from his job because he reported his work-related injury. He was fired for reporting his injuries, doing what he was supposed to do to prevent any further injuries.

OSHA explains in its order that the railroad powers did order an investigation into the cause of their employee’s injury. Then, they fired him. OSHA is ordering the Illinois Central Railroad Co. and the Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad to pay this former railroad employee more than $80,000 in back wages, compensatory damages and attorney’s fees.

It takes guts to be a whistleblower. We know first hand that working for railroads is very, very dangerous, filled with hazards. Kudos to this worker for protecting himself, his family, and hopefully, making things a little bit safer for his fellow railroad workers!

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