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Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2010

BNSF Railway Co. ordered to pay $95,096 to disciplined Kansas City employee

December 16, 2010

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— BNSF Railway Co. has been ordered to pay $95,096 to a Kansas employee it disciplined for reporting a work-related injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a report Wednesday that the penalty represents back wages, compensatory damages, attorney’s fees and punitive damages following a whistleblower-case investigation.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the employee was suspended for 30 days and placed on probation for a year for not using the proper tool to perform a work task. But an OSHA investigation found that the proper tools weren’t available until after the employee was injured.

The employee was based in Kansas City, Kan., but a name was not released.

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