Union Pacific Directed To Pay Workers For Retaliation

Law360, New York (August 25, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it had ordered Union Pacific Railroad Co. to pay $615,215 for retaliating against three employees who raised safety concerns.

OSHA said that the company violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act by terminating two employees and suspending another in retaliation for reporting workplace safety issues and a work-related injury.

The agency has ordered Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific to cough up $400,000 in punitive damages, $90,315 in compensatory damages, $34,900 in attorneys' fees and...
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