When employees in Georgia and elsewhere become aware of potential safety hazards at work, they may feel a duty to report the issue at hand. Should a company feel that an employee is making false claims about worker safety, this person may be subject to allegations of creating unnecessary issues and in some cases, such claims could lead to formal punishment or even loss of employment. Reports indicate that a man was recently reinstated and awarded back pay following an investigation into a whistleblower claim that left him without a job.
According to reports, the incident began when a CSX Transportation Inc. employee filed a report about a potential safety hazard regarding a customer gate. Reports indicate this person also included details about a job-related injury involving the safety hazard. While many of the details concerning how the company handled the report were not provided, reports indicate that the man was subsequently fired from his job.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reportedly opened an investigation into the matter soon thereafter. This investigation reportedly determined that the company’s decision to terminate this person’s employment was in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act. The company was issued an order to reinstate the employee and provide him or her with back pay and compensation for damages.
Those who file a whistleblower claim may encounter various forms of treatment or retaliation for their actions, even if the issues at hand pose a threat to safety. Individuals in Georgia who feel they have been wrongfully subjected to unjust treatment after reporting a safety concern could find it helpful to retain the services of an attorney for guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can assist in protecting a client’s legal rights and work toward developing a strategy to pursue the compensation to which he or she is entitled to receive.