Federal laws require safe working environments for all employees. Your employer is responsible for maintaining a workplace that is free of threats to health and safety. Unfortunately, there are times when an employer fails to establish necessary protections to keep their workers safe. In these situations, employees must know how to properly report dangerous practices.
Olivier & Schreiber LLP is committed to representing employees facing whistleblower retaliation and other matters in the workplace.
If you’ve witnessed unsafe practices in your workplace, you may wonder whether the situation calls for legal action. Essentially, an unsafe practice is one that prevents employees from performing their work duties due to dangers posed to their physical health. Possible unsafe workplace practices may include:
Before filing a report, employees should know the laws that protect them from retaliation and other consequences. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promotes safe, healthy working environments by establishing several federally-recognized laws.
As an employee, you have the right to:
In addition to federal laws, California employees are protected under state laws. Our attorneys can help you fully understand your right to a safe work environment and how these laws may impact your case.
Every employee has the right to file a safety and health complaint with the OSHA. You may request an inspection of your working environment if there is reasonable suspicion that you face a safety hazard or if you believe your employer fails to uphold OSHA standards. File your complaint as early as possible after you’ve noticed the hazards.
To submit a complaint, you can use the online complaint form as well as contact the OSHA by mail, email or telephone. You’ll need to provide details about the incident, which may include the business’s location, address, description of the hazard and other relevant information about your worksite. Our attorneys can help you determine the right option based on your specific circumstances.
If you believe your workplace environment is hazardous and you aren’t certain of what steps to take next, contact our attorneys at Olivier & Schreiber LLP for advice. We continuously strive to protect employees’ rights when they are faced with a range of legal difficulties. There are a number of ways that your employer may violate state and federal workplace safety laws, and if you believe your workplace is unsafe, file a report alongside our knowledgeable attorneys.
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