Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered a company in Kansas to reinstate an employee it had fired, according to KSN NBC News in Wichita. Enercon Services terminated an engineer at a nuclear power plant in east Kansas after he reported unsafe working conditions to supervisors. The worker was asked to sign off on an engineering plan that he did not believe was safe.
OSHA ordered Enercon to reinstate the employee as well as provide back pay, legal fees and over $50,000 in damages.
“It is important that when you work out in a nuclear plant and you have the issue of nuclear safety that you should be able to feel free to exercise your right if you see something that is wrong,” said the reinstated employee. “You should have freedom to go to supervisors or superiors and let them know what you have observed and not have any fear of retaliation.”
He is absolutely right—this worker is protected under whistleblower protection laws. There is more information on workplace rights and wrongful termination available on our site. If you have been fired or punished at work without due process, our Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers can help. Please contact our firm today for a free consultation.
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