Whistleblower and Non-Retaliation Protections
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and a number of other
laws protect workers against retaliation for complaining to their employers, unions, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or other government agencies about
unsafe or unhealthful conditions in the workplace, environmental problems, certain public safety hazards, and certain violations of federal provisions concerning securities fraud, as well as for engaging in other related protected activities.
Whistleblowers may not be transferred, denied a raise, have their hours reduced,
or be fired or punished in any other way because they have exercised any right
afforded to them under one of the laws that protect whistleblowers.
Pursuant to most of these laws, discrimination complaints must be filed within 30 days of the alleged reprisal. OSHA Area Office staff can explain the protections under the whistleblower laws and deadlines for filing complaints.