HICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor has found Norfolk Southern Railway Co. violated federal whistleblower protections in the dismissals of 2 employees who reported workplace injuries. The Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered the company to pay the workers more than $932,000 in damages.
An assistant secretary of labor, David Michaels, said Tuesday that "railroad workers must be able to report work-related injuries without fear of retaliation."
The investigation found "reasonable cause to believe" that the employees' decisions to report their workplace injuries led to internal investigations and dismissals from the company.
The two workers were a utility switchman based in Decatur, Ill., and a trackman in Melvindale, Mich.
Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman says the company will appeal the decision to an administrative law judge.