Helping Employers Prevent & Defend Against OSHA Citations
If an employee makes a complaint about workplace safety, the employer is
prohibited from retaliating against that employee. The law is intended
to promote workplace safety by protecting employees' ability to raise
safety concerns, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) takes claims of retaliation seriously.
However, our firm knows one vital fact: Not every allegation of retaliation is valid.
Often, nonperforming employees will allege retaliation just to protect
themselves from their own improper action. We help employers defend themselves
against inaccurate claims that they retaliated against workers.
At Hendershot Cowart P.C., our lawyers serve the needs of businesses in
Houston and throughout Texas. We help employers prevent and deal with
OSHA claims, including allegations of retaliation.
Speak with our attorneys about your case-call (713) 489-2028 or
contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.
OSHA Protects Workplace Safety Whistleblowers
The best way to defend against a retaliation claim is to document all actions against employees
who complain about workplace safety.
Per OSHA, retaliation against a worker who reports safety concerns includes:
Firing or laying off the worker
Demoting, blacklisting, or disciplining the worker
Reducing pay or denying benefits
Workers who believe they have been subject to retaliation for raising concerns
about workplace safety can file a claim with OSHA, which must investigate
the claim. For employers, these claims are complicated because there are
many reasons to change a worker's job. Workers may say they're victims
of retaliation, but employers often take actions regarding a worker's
employment status for reasons completely unrelated to retaliation.
Protecting Texas Employers from Retaliation Complaints
Retaliation claims can be damaging for employers, which is why it is important
to take steps to reduce the chances of a successful retaliation claim
and to work with an experienced
OSHA defense attorney if an employer suspects a retaliation claim could be filed.
Employers can protect themselves by:
Creating and promoting safety rules. Workers should know their rights to a safe workplace and be regularly
assured that they will not be subject to retaliation if they report unsafe
work environments or dangerous conditions.
Keeping a comprehensive personnel file. If an employee violates an OSHA rule, safety protocol, or workplace rule,
document the violation and take witness statements. Keep evidence and
documentation of the reasons your business took actions.
We Defend Employers' Interests
Our OSHA defense law firm helps businesses reduce the risk of claims of
retaliation and defends employers' interests when employees claim retaliatory
acts. With more than 30 years of experience, we understand the real-life
issues with which employers contend in complying with complex and frequently-changing
OSHA laws and regulations. This experience and understanding positions
us to create strong legal solutions for your needs.
To learn how our business can help you deal with claims of retaliation,
contact us today. Call (713) 489-2028. You may also
contact us online by filling out a short, simple form.