Whistleblower claims under the provisions of the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA) are administered under the direction of the United States Department of Labor. Congress recently amended the FRSA in order to give federal railroad workers protections from employer retaliation for reporting safety violations and injury claims.
Among railroaders protected by the provisions of the law, it is commonly referred to as the FRSA whistleblower protection law, and our attorney Ira Maurer is extensively experienced in this type of law.
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At The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, attorney Ira M. Maurer has been handling railroad accident and FELA cases for more than 30 years. If you have been seriously injured, we can help.
Protection Against Retaliation for Reporting Safety Violations
The FRSA offers two layers of protection to railroad workers. Primarily, it is designed to ensure protection for railroad workers reporting workplace safety violations.
Prior to the FRSA whistleblower amendment, employees would often face harassment on the job and illegal termination if they reported a violation that could cost their employers millions of dollars in reparations and fines. Under the FRSA, if an employee can prove retaliation for filing a report, the employer faces the possibility of paying back wages, attorney fees and up to a quarter of a million dollars in punitive damages. In addition, the employer may be ordered to reinstate the terminated worker to the job. The heavy financial penalty serves as a financial deterrent against the railroad company.
Protection Against Retaliation for Filing a FELA Injury Claim
Railroad employees also face harassment and threats as well as subtle and not so subtle retaliation for filing a workplace injury claim under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA). Employers found to be in violation of federal railroad workers' civil rights for injury claims face severe penalties, including criminal charges that may apply to the violation of the law. Employees who can successfully show retaliation are eligible to receive substantial compensation from penalties paid by the employer including up to $250,000.00 in punitive damages.
Provisions of the FRSA and the FELA laws are the subject of frequent court interpretation. If you have questions, you owe it to yourself to get straight answers from my law firm. I am attorney Ira M. Maurer of Fishkill, New York. I am recognized as one of the nation's leading legal authorities on litigation involving FELA claims and railroad workers' rights.
Proud of My Service to Railroad Workers and Their Families
Throughout my career, I have worked against a variety of railroads such as:
- Metro-North Commuter Railroad
- The Long Island Railroad
- The New Jersey Transit Rail Operations
- Canadian Pacific
- Delaware and Hudson Railroad
- CSX Railroad
- Penn Central Railroad
- The Santa Fe Railroad
- The Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority
I have won millions of dollars in railroad injury claims, including an $8 million case in 2008, which remains one of the largest individual personal injury railroad case settlements in U.S. history. I have helped many others and can help you.
If you are searching for an experienced Fishkill injury attorney to help you consider your options in a FRSA whistleblower case, please contact The Maurer Law Firm by calling 845-896-5295 to schedule a free consultation with Ira Maurer.