Bloomberg Law
Feb. 16, 2017, 8:15 PM

Trump OSHA Files Safety Whistle-Blower Defense Lawsuits

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

The first two safety whistle-blower lawsuits filed by OSHA under the Trump administration are in the books.

And in both cases, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is suing two employers for allegedly firing workers after filing safety complaints with the agency.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act’s Section 11(c) makes it illegal to dismiss workers for raising safety concerns with supervisors or OSHA.

The agency rarely files Section 11(c) lawsuits. Of the 2,096 Section 11(c) complaints the agency launched formal investigations into during fiscal year 2016, only 29 were referred to Department of Labor attorneys for possible lawsuits, according ...

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