A whistleblower is someone who reports workplace conditions that he or she believes to be unsafe or illegal. As a whistleblower, you have the right to be protected from workplace retaliation by your employer for reporting injuries, safety concerns, or other protected activities. Retaliation, or “adverse action,” can include, but is not limited to, firing, blacklisting, denying benefits to or making threats against a worker. You should not be discriminated against for exercising your rights, including your right to:

  • file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • seek access to employer exposure and injury records
  • report a work-related injury
  • request an inspection from OSHA, and speak to the inspector
  • raise a safety or health complaint with the employer

If you have been retaliated or discriminated against for exercising your rights, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the alleged adverse action.

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Please note that it is illegal for your employer to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against you for reporting an issue to OSHA. If you believe you have been retaliated against in any way, file a whistleblower complaint within 30 days of the alleged retaliation.

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