OSHA Reminds Employers: Retaliation Against Employees During COVID-19 Crisis is Illegal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently reminded employers that it is illegal to retaliate against employees who report unsafe and unhealthy working conditions during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.

OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the provisions of more than 20 whistleblower statutes, including Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which prohibits employees from retaliation.

The program protects employees against adverse actions such as firing or laying off, demoting, denying overtime or promotion, reducing pay or hours or engaging in activities protected by OSHA’s whistleblower laws.

If you are a whistleblower facing retaliation, it is best practice to contact an experienced whistleblower attorney immediately. The laws used in your retaliation case will determine what your rights are moving forward.

Blowing the whistle can put your job and reputation in jeopardy, it is essential to know your rights.

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