Concerned About Employer Retaliation After Reporting Unsafe Work Conditions to OSHA? You Are Protected by Law
In today’s economy, and in the tristate area especially, the job market is incredibly competitive. Holding on to your job is essential given the intense competition and high cost of living in our area, and that pressure only builds as New Jersey residents get closer to retirement age.
Because of the internal drive to work and provide a living for yourself and your family, you may find yourself putting up with working conditions that are less than ideal. You may believe that a few safety issues at work are far favorable to losing your job for reporting these issues, so you continue to keep your head down, work, and just assume that nothing can be done. After all, you do not want to face employer retaliation for being the squeaky wheel.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) knows that many employees face similar dilemmas throughout the country, and has taken action to ensure that no one fears for their safety or their job security at work.
The Whistleblower Protection Program was put into place to protect workers from employer retaliation after requesting an OSHA inspection or reporting a safety issue. This program addresses common employer actions taken against employees who report issues to OSHA, including:
- Demoting or denying a promotion
- Pay reduction
- Threats and intimidation
If you experienced any of the above retaliations after you reported a workplace injury or safety issue, you must contact OSHA quickly to file a complaint under the Whistleblower Protection Program. Your job and safety should never be at odds, and OSHA will help you ensure that both are protected.
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