The Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek are railroad safety whistleblower lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio. Under the Federal Railroad Safety Act, railroad employees are protected from retaliation from railroad companies for reporting safety violations. If you have observed a safety violation on the job or a hazard and have reported any observed hazards to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or raised the issue with your employer, you may be protected from retaliation from your employer.
What constitutes retaliation? Retaliation can take many forms. This includes termination or firing you from your job, demoting you from your position, reprimanding you for speaking up, denying you promotion opportunities, or reducing your hours because you spoke up and reported a safety issue. If you have lost your job, faced demotion or pushback from your employer after reporting a safety hazard, you may have the right to seek damages or compensation for any income you lost as a result of your employer’s actions. You may also be entitled to make a complaint with the government about your experience.
Reporting a safety violation or speaking up can take immense courage. While the law protects workers who speak up for worker and public safety, sometimes workers may not be aware that they are granted certain protections from retaliation if they choose to report observed safety violations. The Law Offices of R. Benjamin Riek are railroad safety whistleblower attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio who work with employees who have observed safety violations and with workers who have suffered from retaliation as a result of reporting these violations.
What are Some Protected Actions Under the Federal Railroad Safety Act?
The Federal Railroad Safety Act protects railroad workers from a range of actions. These actions include reporting a railroad carrier for violating Federal laws, reporting a railroad carrier for abusing Federal funds, and reporting any violations that could impact interstate railroad safety. Not only are workers protected when they report these violations, but they may also have the right to file a complaint if they believe their employer has retaliated against them for taking these actions. Railroad workers are also protected should they choose to assist in the enforcement of a railroad safety investigation. Furthermore, workers are protected from retaliation if they choose to report an injury that takes place on the job or if they make a Worker’s Compensation claim. Finally, workers are also protected when they report accidents to Federal, state, or local agencies, as well as if they choose to report an accident to the Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Homeland Security, or the National Transportation Safety Board.
Railroad companies that transport hazardous materials are also held to a very high standard when it comes to safety. If a worker notices a safety issue that could pose a risk to public health or to railroad workers, the employee could also be protected as a whistleblower under the Federal Railroad Safety Act. If you have noticed a potential safety violation on the job, and work for an interstate railroad carrier, you may have a range of protections under the law. The Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek are railroad safety whistleblower lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio who may be able to help you if you have noticed a safety issue or if your employer is pushing back against you because you have reported a safety issue.
Worker’s Compensation and Railroad Workers
If you work for a railroad carrier, you may have the right to seek medical treatment for an injury or accident that takes place on the job and may have the right to make a Worker’s Compensation claim. Your employer should never prevent you from seeking medical attention following an accident. If an employer tries to prevent an employee from reporting a workplace injury by threatening to discipline the worker or by disciplining the employee from seeking medical attention, the employee may have the right to report the employer. The Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek are railroad safety whistleblower attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio who may be able to assist you with reporting any violation of railroad safety laws and laws governing worker’s rights, as well as assist you if your employer attempts to prevent you from making a Worker’s Compensation claim after an accident.
Reporting Violations in Cleveland, Ohio
If you have faced retaliation from your employer, you may only have 180 days to report a violation. When filing a report, you may have to submit proof that a violation of your rights has taken place. The Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek are railroad safety whistleblower lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio who fight for public safety and who fight for the rights of the courageous men and women who report railroad safety violations. You are not alone. If you have suffered punishment or lost your job because you spoke up, contact the Cleveland, Ohio railroad safety whistleblower attorneys at the Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek today.