The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced yesterday that it has ordered Norfolk Southern Railway Co. to pay over $800,000 in damages on the claims of three employees who were retaliated against after reporting injuries at work. The awards include $525,000 in punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. As previously discussed in this blog, if employees are aggressive in pursuing claims under the Federal Rail Safety Act, and OSHA and other courts continue to award substantial damages, the culture of intimidation and harassment in the railroad industry will come to an end.
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