BNSF Fired Worker For Raising Safety Concerns, Jury Says

By Daniel Siegal (February 21, 2019, 8:27 PM EST) -- A Colorado federal jury has found that BNSF Railway Co. fired a track inspector for reporting safety concerns, awarding the worker $1.05 million in damages.

After deliberating for roughly three hours following a six-day trial, the Denver jury returned with a verdict in favor of plaintiff Brandon Fresquez on Tuesday. Fresquez had alleged the company fired him in 2016 because he raised concerns that a supervisor was ordering employees to report minor track defects as being fixed even though no repairs were made.

The jury found that Fresquez engaged in a protected activity under the Federal Railroad Safety Act, that BNSF knew...

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