Today, OSHA revised its online whistleblower complaint form in an attempt to help users file a complaint with the appropriate agency for whistleblower claims. This works as a way to allow workers to submit retaliation complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor. Workers can get to understand the laws by finding out the answers to some of their most burning questions relating to these laws. The system now includes pop-up boxes with information about the agencies involved in the whistleblowing process and what a worker can do.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Loren Sweatt, has commented on the updated system, “Workers who report unsafe conditions and wrongdoing have a range of legal protections from retaliation. The revised online complaint form works to ensure whistleblowers file their complaints with the appropriate federal agency for prompt action.”
Since 2013, OSHA has been offering protection through their complaint form. OSHA itself has consistently enforced 22 statutes that protects workers from retaliation when they report employer wrongdoings in a way to prevent adverse effects on other employees, all the way from water pollution to securities fraud. The system works as an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance, that is easy to use.
Protections for Whistleblowers
Whistleblowers are protected under a variety of federal and state laws. To move forward successfully on a case when an employee believes that their employer is acting wrongfully, they must believe in good faith that the employer is somehow violating the law and possibly putting the lives of others in danger. If you believe that you have been retaliated against, there may be many questions brewing. State laws are always changing and it is always important to research the protections offered to you. If you feel as if you have reported a violation and been retaliated against by an employer, give us a call today. We can work through your case and get you the results you deserve.