OSHA Whistleblower Protection: Understanding Your Legal Rights
Employees who witness violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations are protected under federal and state laws. The government has a strong interest in protecting employees who report serious safety and health violations in the workplace. The goal is to make all workplaces safe.
Not all employers, however, are receptive to complaints of OSHA violations. When an employer fires or threatens to fire an employee for reporting an OSHA violation, the employee can take legal action against the employer.
At Bononi Law Group, LLP, our California whistleblower protection lawyers help employees who are subject to retaliation for reporting violations of these important federal regulations. Contact our Pasadena law firm today to discuss your right to compensation after wrongful termination. Call 213-550-5503.
OSHA Violations And Employee Rights
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a federal agency, is tasked with implementing and enforcing federal safety and health legislation in the workplace. The agency’s many rules cover hazardous chemicals in the workplace, construction site safety and other important safety matters. Whistleblower protection is provided to employees who report violations of OSHA safety regulations.
If you report any of the following OSHA violations to your employer, the local OSHA agency or local authorities, you are protected from retaliatory discharge, demotion or discrimination:
- Construction site safety hazards
- Failure to comply with workplace safety rules
- Unsafe equipment or workplace
- Hazardous chemical exposure
- Insufficient safety or hazard training
If you are considering filing a formal complaint against your employer for OSHA violations and you are concerned about your rights, an employment lawyer at Bononi Law Group, LLP, will explain how the laws protect your job. Together, you and your attorney have a right to request an inspection of the workplace and to file an unsafe conditions complaint to OSHA.
If your employer punishes you for reporting an OSHA violation, contact our knowledgeable Pasadena employment lawyers. We will work quickly to document the discrimination, demotion or termination. We have more than two decades of experience handling whistleblower and wrongful termination claims for clients. Contact our law office or call our California firm at 213-550-5503.