Texas Reporting OSHA Violations Retaliation Attorneys
Though it is vitally important to report Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations when they occur, many reporters end up being retaliated against by their employers. Retaliation from an employer can come in many forms and is against the law. You should not be punished for your courage, and if this is happening to you, you have options.
The Texas OSHA violations retaliation lawyers at Leichter Law Firm PC have handled numerous OSHA violations retaliation cases involving many different types of retaliation. We take pride in representing hard-working people like you who have been treated unfairly. We can answer any questions you may have when you call Leichter Law Firm PC at (956) 205-0884 or contact us online to discuss your case with a Texas retaliation lawyer.
Do I Need a Retaliation Lawyer?
Many whistleblower protection programs fall under OSHA. This is a complex area of law, and it has strict deadlines. Many claims for retaliation must be filed within 30 days of an adverse action by an employer. Adverse actions can include termination, demotion, or reducing your pay. Hiring an attorney who is familiar with retaliation claims is the best way to ensure that you take the required actions and have the best chance for recovering financial compensation.
Instead of trying to decipher for yourself the best way to protect your rights, retain an attorney who understands the nuances of OSHA rules, regulations, and procedures. Proving retaliation can be a difficult task, since an employer may provide other reasons for taking an action against an employee. An experienced OSHA violations retaliation attorney can provide the best strategy in your particular case.
Why Choose Leichter Law Firm PC to Handle My Case?
At Leichter Law Firm PC, we are committed to aggressively representing workers who have experienced retaliation for reporting OSHA violations. We have represented numerous clients in retaliation claims, including OSHA violations retaliation claims. Our experience translates to a deep understanding of the nuances of retaliation claims and a strategic outlook to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to. We will always use our advocacy and negotiation skills to protect your best interests throughout the case.
Firm founder Louis Leichter has achieved top ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, a legal rating service based on peer and client reviews. Attorney David Langenfeld is a board-certified labor and employment law specialist. Along with the rest of their team, they are dedicated to ensuring that employers who retaliate against employees for reporting OSHA violations are held accountable.
The cost of retaining an attorney in your OSHA violations retaliation case may seem daunting. However, at Leichter Law Firm PC, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we agree to be paid a percentage of any compensation you are awarded, but we only get paid if you receive an award. You do not have to pay us up front in order to retain us to represent you, and if we fail to recover any compensation for you, we will never ask for payment.
Types of Cases We Handle
Under OSHA, you can legally give information to an inspector or otherwise report a safety hazard or OSHA violation, either online or by phone, without prompting any adverse actions or retaliation from your employer. If you have provided information about a safety hazard in your workplace, such as potential asbestos or unsafe manufacturing practices, and your employer has retaliated against you, you may be entitled to seek compensation for lost wages and other forms of compensation.
An employer is prohibited from punishing an employee who has reported a suspected OSHA violation in good faith. If you genuinely believe a safety violation is occurring, you have the right to report it. Some forms of retaliation that you may be subjected to as a result, and which are illegal, include:
- Terminating your employment or laying you off
- Demoting you
- Denying you overtime
- Failing to promote you
- Disciplining you
- Intimidating you or making threats
- Reassigning you to a job that affects your potential for promotion
- Reducing your pay or your hours
In your retaliation case for reporting an OSHA violation, you will need to prove that one of the above actions was taken as a result of your whistleblowing activities. After you consult with one of our attorneys, you may decide to file a complaint. Several elements must be proven in order for your case to be successful, including:
- You reported an OSHA violation or otherwise acted in a way that is protected as a whistleblowing activity
- Your employer either knew or suspected that you performed a protected whistleblowing activity
- Your employer took an adverse action, such as one of the ones listed above
- The protected activity you engaged in was the reason behind or contributed to your employer taking the adverse action
These elements are difficult to prove. However, a skilled OSHA violations retaliation attorney can make the best case to recover compensation when your employer mistreats you.
After you have made a complaint to OSHA regarding retaliation, the agency will review it to determine whether it was filed on time and other basic requirements. Following the initial review, OSHA will investigate your complaint to substantiate your claims that the employer retaliated against you when you engaged in protected activity. At times, OSHA may try to bring you and your employer together to reach a settlement in your matter. At every point in the process, it is wise to have an experienced attorney representing you and protecting your rights.
Contact Leichter Law Firm PC
When your employer retaliates against you because you did the right thing and reported a safety violation under OSHA, you deserve justice. We will aggressively fight for your rights to retain your livelihood when you have experienced on-the-job retaliation. Call Leichter Law Firm PC at (956) 205-0884 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Let us help give you peace of mind knowing that one of our Texas retaliation attorneys will fight for your rights and for the compensation you deserve.