Under the whistleblower provisions of the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers cannot fire their workers for speaking out about unsafe work conditions. However, companies will often find arbitrary reasons for firing outspoken employees, hoping that they are unaware of their legal protections. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces the whistleblower protections of over 20 different laws which address a variety of industries, ranging from airlines to railroads.
A recent law, the Food Safety Modernization Act, extends whistleblower protections to those working in the production, processing, distribution and handling of food. Negligence in the food industry at any level of the production chain can cause serious illness to those who consume it. As such, it is very important that food industry workers speak out whenever they witness carelessness. OSHA held a meeting on February 19 to finalize the time frame for handling cases in which employers fired workers who spoke out about workplace safety concerns.
I Need A Columbus Lawyer That Handles Whistleblower Protection Cases
If you have been fired for voicing your concerns about workplace safety, our Columbus workers’ compensation attorneys can help. The law offices of Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC will work alongside OSHA to bring justice to your negligent employer and deliver the compensation that you deserve for your period of unemployment. We have over 80 years of combined experience defending the rights of whistleblowers, so rest assured that your financial stability is safe in our hands. For more information or free legal advice, contact us. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our Columbus workers’ compensation lawyers, call us today at (614) 221-7548.
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