Union Pacific Ordered To Pay Whistleblower Fine

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Union Pacific Railroad Co. has been ordered to pay a Topeka worker more than $38,000 for retaliating against a worker who reported a work-related injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release Wednesday that the Omaha, Neb.-based railroad must pay the employee $38,561.

OSHA says the worker was given a 10-day unpaid suspension after he reported being injured while working in Topeka in July 2011. The worker lost two teeth and had several facial cuts after coupled cars came apart and hit him.

OSHA says investigators found the worker was not at fault. It said employees who were in similar incidents _ but who were not hurt _ were given lesser punishments.

Union Pacific has 30 days to object to the findings.

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