Hamburg foundry fined for firing safety whistleblower

“The jury recognized that every employee has a legally protected right to report safety hazards to OSHA without fear of termination,” said regional Philadelphia solicitor Oscar L. Hampton III. “By compensating the complainant, and assessing an additional penalty against the company, the jury sent the message that such behavior will not be tolerated.”

The verdict was for lost wages, pain and suffering and punitive damages against former employer Fairmount Foundry Inc.

A lawsuit was filed by the Department of Labor in September 2017 after an OSHA whistleblower investigation determined that Fairmount Foundry fired the individual for “engaging in a protected activity under section 11c of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”

OSHA does not identify the names of individuals in whistleblowing cases.

The person answering the phone at Fairmount Foundry declined a request for comment.

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