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OMAHA, NE. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) has ordered Union Pacific to pay $350,000 and reinstate a worker who they say was fired after reporting an injury to the railroad.


OSHA said Tuesday, March 12, that the payment the railroad owes would compensate the employee for back pay and damages.

The employee, who reported his injury in December 2010, had worked for more than 30 years and won awards at Union Pacific during his career with the railroad. OSHA said that Union Pacific charged the worker with misusing his company vehicle and eventually fired him.

Reporting work related injuries is protected under the FEDERAL RAIL SAFETY ACT (FRSA) 49 USC §20109.

Blog post by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and Nebraska railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.

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