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Driver Fired in retaliation For Refusing To Drive Unsafe Tour Bus Gets Back Pay, Damages

Federal authorities have ordered a Boulder, Colorado-based tour bus company to compensate a former bus driver that it allegedly fired in retaliation for refusing to drive an unsafe bus. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said Billy Banjo’s Bus Tours violated whistleblower protections guaranteed by the federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) by retaliating against a driver for raising valid concerns about the safety of a company vehicle. The STAA’s whistleblower provisions are intended to shield workers who raise concerns about commercial motor vehicle safety or security or refuse to operate an unsafe vehicle from retaliation. An investigation ... Read More

California Hospital Agrees To Reinstate Whistleblower Physician

A Modesto, Calif., hospital has agreed to reinstate the privileges of a whistleblower physician who sued after being dismissed in retaliation, he claimed, for reporting nursing practices he believed endangered the lives of patients. Dr. Mark Fahlen, a kidney specialist with Gould Medical Group, lost his privileges at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto after complaining of practices he claimed were driven by “corporate medicine.” But instead of addressing those concerns for the safety and benefit of patients, Gould Medical Group, under pressure from Memorial Medical Center, fired him, the lawsuit claims. In October 2014, Dr. Fahlen’s legal battles with Memorial and ... Read More

Nurse sues Vermont hospital, alleging retaliation for whistleblower complaints

SPRINGFIELD, VT — A nurse is suing Springfield Hospital in Vermont in an effort to get his job back and receive compensation for lost wages, alleging his former employer retaliated against him after he voiced concerns over alleged malpractice in the hospital’s anesthesiology department. Plaintiff Stephen Green, CRNA, claims that Springfield Hospital violated Vermont’s whistleblower protection law, which prohibits employers from retaliating against employees when they disclose or threaten to disclose activities, policies, practices, procedures, actions, or failures to act of the employer that the employee believes constitutes “improper quality of patient care.” Mr. Green, who began working at Springfield ... Read More

NC company ordered to reinstate driver fired for reporting faulty brakes

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered a North Carolina commercial printing company to reinstate a former truck driver it fired after he reported safety concerns about his company-owned truck. An investigation conducted under OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program found that Salisbury-based Rowan Business Forms violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s whistleblower provision when it fired its driver for reporting a dangerous mechanical problem that affected his ability to brake properly. In addition to reinstatement, OSHA also ordered Rowan Business Forms and its owners and officers to pay the former driver more than $83,000 in back wages, interest, ... Read More

AirTran ordered to reinstate pilot fired in violation of whistleblower laws

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after he reported numerous mechanical concerns to the agency. The pilot’s complaint alleged that the airline removed him from flight status on Aug. 23, 2007, pending an investigative hearing regarding a sudden spike in the pilot’s mechanical malfunction reports. Subsequently, the airline held an internal investigative hearing on Sept. 6, 2007, which lasted little more than 15 minutes. One week later, the airline terminated the pilot’s employment, claiming that he did not satisfactorily answer a ... Read More