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Whistleblowers Deprived Proper Protection 

FairWarning published an update to their original coverage of the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) violations, which ran in the August issue of Chronogram. A report by the Government Accountability Office found that OSHA fails to properly investigate complaints of reprisals against employees who report safety hazards or other violations, according to the Labor Department's inspector general. Harassing or firing a worker for blowing the whistle is illegal under federal law. OSHA investigates complaints of retaliation by employers, but the report said that in about 80 percent of cases OSHA personnel fail to take one or more steps that are essential for an effective investigation. In a recent 12-month period, of the 1,602 complaints resolved 77 percent were dismissed or withdrawn, 21 percent were settled with employers or money or reinstatement, and 2 percent ended in a the whistleblower's favor. The report noted that OSHA is not careful to assure complainants a fair chance to refute the employer’s defense.
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