The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) governs nearly two-dozen whistleblower protection laws in California and elsewhere. Protections include rules for workplace safety in manufacturing, energy distribution or generation, construction and many other worksites.
The agency also oversees laws that regulate illegal activities and hazards related to motor vehicle carriers, airlines, railroads, maritime industries and nuclear facilities. The laws prevent employers from taking action against workers who report injuries, workplace hazards and potential violations of law.
OSHA advises companies to put a system in place to receive and respond to worker complaints and prevent and address retaliation against those who voice concerns. The plan should include:
Workers may report violations directly to their employers, but many feel more comfortable taking complaints straight to OSHA. Employers cannot take actions against a worker for doing so, such as:
Whistleblower protections apply not only to regular employees but contractors, leased workers, temporary employees and anyone else controlled by the host employer. If you have been retaliated against by your company, an experienced employment law attorney here in California will protect your rights, help you file a complaint with OSHA and seek the compensation you may deserve.