How the OSH Act protects you as a whistleblower

As an employee in Missouri, you may find it necessary to “blow the whistle” on your employer and notify the proper authorities about safety or health-related wrongdoings in your place of business. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 protects you not only in your right to blow the whistle, but also to do so without having to fear retaliation at your place of employment because of your actions. The Hollingshead & Dudley Trial Lawyers have considerable experience representing clients who experience workplace retaliation after alerting authorities about unsafe, unhealthy or unethical business practices, and we have a firm understanding of what goes into building a retaliation case.

If, after blowing the whistle, your employer punishes or discriminates against you at work, you may have grounds for a retaliation case. He or she cannot, under the OSH Act, terminate or penalize you for exercising your protected right to whistle-blow, for example. Nor can he or she dock your hours, deny you a raise, transfer you to a different location, demote you to a less favorable position or otherwise punish you because you chose to make company wrongdoings public.   

If you are the victim of such an injustice, you have limited time to act and seek recourse. In most situations, you must contact, either by phone or in writing, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration office closest to you within 30 days of the date the retaliatory action took place. More information about retaliation claims and navigating other workplace injustices is available on our website.

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