What employer actions are prohibited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s Whistleblower Statute?

Author: Jennifer Brantley

OSHA strictly prohibits retaliation against an employee by the employer for exercising his or her rights to a safe and healthy workplace. An employer cannot fire an employee; refuse to hire an applicant; refuse a promotion; take away the employee's opportunities for promotion in the future; alter or deny in any way an employee's benefits; discipline or threaten an employee; or in any other way discriminate or retaliate against an employee should he or she choose to file a complaint against the employer based on a health or safety violation or exercise of any other OSHA-administered right. OSHA's Whistleblower Statute protects employees from this type of behavior from employers.