Federal safety regulators are asking a federal judge to award reinstatement, compensation, and other damages to a whistleblower who claims she was fired in retaliation for reporting safety violations at the Houston, Texas-area steel manufacturer and supplier where she worked.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it launched a whistleblower investigation at Continental Alloys and Services, Inc. in Spring, Texas, in response to an employee’s complaint that she lost her job after she voiced concerns to management about OSHA 300 Log reporting violations.
OSHA requires employers to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 Log. The information allows employers, workers and regulators to evaluate workplace safety, understand specific hazards, and implement worker protections to reduce and eliminate risks.
The employee reported several instances where on-the-job injuries went unreported. In an attempt to gather evidence of the company’s reporting violations, she recorded a meeting she had with the individual charged with reporting the injuries.
OSHA investigated the employee’s complaint and “found sufficient evidence” to support her claim that her attempts to document the misconduct led to her termination.
The agency, which is responsible for enforcing the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and whistleblower protections in multiple industries, has asked the judge to prohibit Continental Alloys and Services from engaging in any further retaliation against employees. OSHA also asked the judge to order back pay and reinstatement to her position in addition to any other damages she sustained as a result of her illegal termination.
Continental Alloys and Services makes and supplies high-grade steel products for the global oil and gas industry. The company is headquartered in Houston and has multiple facilities around the world.