OSHA has recently announced the launching of a new program that will allow workers in the United States to file whistleblower complaints online.
The online form will provide workers who have been retaliated against, the additional opportunity to reach out for OSHA assistance.
“The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American workers’ most essential protections,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Whistleblower laws protect not only workers, but also the public at large and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA.”
The current system allows workers to file a written complaint or verbal complaint (by calling the agency’s regional office), but now workers will be able to submit complaints electronically. The new form will prompt workers to include basic information so that an OSHA representative can easily follow up with the complainant. The electronic version will be identical to the paper version, and requests the same information necessary to initiate a whistleblower investigation. United States whistleblowers are protected under 22 statutes enforced by OSHA, which serve to protect those employees who report violations of various securities laws, trucking, airline, nuclear power, pipeline, environmental, rail, public transportation, workplace safety and health, and consumer protection laws.
While the addition of this electronic complaint form will undoubtedly serve to increase the ease and ability for people to file complaints, it is most advised for people wishing to file a whistleblower claim to consult with an experienced Whistleblower Attorney to discuss their rights and options before proceeding with filing a complaint.
Whistleblower lawsuits can be very complex. At the law offices of Altman & Altman, our Boston Whistleblower Attorneys have nearly 50 years of experience assisting individuals wishing to bring a whistleblower lawsuit against an entity committing fraud and/or endangering workers.
There are a number of steps that an individual must take when proceeding to file a whistleblower claim, and to recover monetary compensation for their role. At Altman & Altman, we appreciate the courage it takes to bring forth a whistleblower complaint, and we understand the critical role whistleblowers play in combatting fraud and keeping workers safe.
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If you know of a company committing fraud against the government, or have been the victim of retaliation after reporting a workplace safety violation to OSHA, do not hesitate to contact one of the Whistleblower Attorneys at Altman & Altman for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys are available around the clock to answer any questions you have about your case.