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DOL Orders Union Pacific Railroad to Pay Whistleblowers more than $615,000

The U.S. Department of Labor used its authority under OSHA Section 11(c) of the Discrimination against Employees under OSHA Act of 1970 to order Union Pacific Railroad to pay a total of $400,000 in punitive damages, $90,315 in compensatory damages, $34,900 in attorney fees, and more than $90,000 in back wages to three whistleblowers.  Union Pacific had violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act by firing and suspending workers for reporting workplace safety concerns and a workplace injury.

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