The U.S. Department of Labor has sued a Spring, Texas-based company for violating the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act when it retailiated against an employee. The employee complained that the company failed to properly report workplace injury in Texas.
The lawsuit against Continental Alloys and Services Inc. states the company wrongfully fired the worker after she complained to management about the failure to record accidents and injuries between 2010 and the summer of 2012.
The employee, who had recorded a meeting with the employee responsible for reporting the injuries, asked why the accidents and illnesses had been omitted from the records, the lawsuit says. The Labor Department says the employee was terminated the following day for recording the meeting.
OSHA is also asking the judge to order the company to pay the employee back pay, reinstate her, and pay her any damages she sustained as a result of the illegal termination.
OSHA launched a whistleblower investigation after receiving a complaint from the employee.
What To Do After A Workplace Injury
When you’ve suffered an injury in on the job, our Austin workplace accident lawyer recommends you:
- Get Medical Attention: You should also have an independent doctor thoroughly examine you. This doctor will be able to provide an objective evaluation of your condition, unburdened by the concerns of a corporation.
- Get copies of all documentation: There will be paperwork generated by your accident. Make sure you get copies of all these documents. This information will greatly aid your workplace injury lawyer later.
- Don’t sign away your rights: Your employer may approach you with a settlement offer or some paperwork they want you to sign. Don’t sign because when you sign you could be agreeing to something that is not in your best interests.
- Speak to an Austin workplace injury attorney: If you have suffered a workplace injury, you are entitled to compensation. For many workplace accident victims, there may be other sources of compensation in addition to workers’ compensation.
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