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Illinois Employment Lawyers Earn Railroad Employee $80,000 in Back Wages

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Chicago, ILIn a move that could have widespread ramifications for Illinois employee rights, the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded a former railroad employee more than $80,000 in back wages, compensatory damages and attorney fees.

The award stems from investigation into the dismissal of an unnamed employee by the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad (CCPR) after the employee announced several work-related injuries sustained while performing his job. After an investigation into the cause of the employee's injuries, the CCPR fired the employee, despite his compliance with company policy.

Lawyers view the incident as a victory for employee rights.

"An employer does not have the right to retaliate against its employees who report work-related injuries," OSHA's regional administrator, Charles E Adkins told the press. "While OSHA is best known for ensuring the safety and health of employees, it is also a federal government whistleblower protection agency."

OHSA ordered that the company pay nearly $58,000 in back wages and interest, $10,000 in compensatory damages and more than $12,000 in legal fees.


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