According to a
statement released earlier this month, a recent suspension of employees for reporting
their workplace injuries has prompted a lawsuit and has been initiated
by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Ohio Bell Telephone Company –
more commonly known as AT&T – is reported to have wrongfully
suspended 13 employees without pay. The employees were allegedly suspended
without pay for reporting injuries that they sustained while at work from
2011 to 2013.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act of 1970 (OSHA),
employees are protected from workplace retaliation if they step forward
and report any injuries that occurred while they were on the job. The
complaint brought against AT&T alleges that 13 different employees
on separate occasions were disciplined with 1 to 3 days of unpaid suspension
for reporting their injuries.
This retaliation against injured workers is illegal, and the lawsuit seeks
to hold AT&T responsible for their actions and prevent such incidents
from occurring again. Under OSHA, employers have a responsibility to provide
their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The lawsuit, filed
in the Eastern Division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District
of Ohio, states that AT&T violated the
whistleblower provisions of OSHA.
The legal team at Guerra & Farrah, PLLC proudly represents hard-working
employees in the El Paso, Houston, and McAllen areas whose rights have
been violated in the workplace. If you or someone you love has been the
victim of retaliation for reporting injuries sustained while working for
AT&T or any other company, don't wait to discuss your case with
employment law attorney at our firm.
Our legal team works hard to ensure that victims receive the justice and
compensation they deserve. To learn more about your rights and legal options
as a worker, we encourage you to
contact our knowledgeable firm.