John Deere Settles with OSHA on Anti-retaliation Provisions Allegations – Whistleblower Protection Programs
John Deere has signed an agreement with OSHA, dealing with a lawsuit centering around the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
A pipefitter who was terminated from the company in 2012 will get a total of $204,315 in back paychecks as well as “front pay” and also $70,685 in some other damages after reporting unsuitable operating environment and submitting a complaint with OSHA after John Deere did not succeed to fix one of the unsafe conditions.
“The settlement of this case represents a true win for an employee who was willing to risk his job to ensure workplace safety for himself and his co-workers,” said regional administrator for OSHA in Chicago, Kenneth Nishiyama Atha in a statement. “Commitment to workplace safety should be commended – not punished. The department will do everything in its power to prevent retaliation against workers who report unsafe working conditions.”
The company did not actually acknowledge legal responsibility in the case however has agreed to pay the pipefitter $111,512 in back wages, $92,803 in front pay up, compensation in lieu of reinstatement, and $32,000 in compensatory damages as well as $38,685 in unspecified damages. The arrangement enables the company to make the payments in 3 installments to be paid completely by Jan. 31, 2018.
John Deere, which produces agricultural, construction, as well as forestry equipment and diesel engines used in heavy equipment and also lawn care equipment, as well agreed to post OSHA’s Job Safety and Health : It’s the Law poster, and OSHA Fact Sheet: Your Rights as a Whistleblower, in a noticeable spot at all its workplaces.
Companies are not allowed from retaliating against workers who raise issues or perhaps provide information to their company or the government under any of these laws. Workers who believe they are a victim of retaliation for doing protected conduct could file a complaint with OSHA’s Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs.
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