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Learn More About The Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA)

Signed into law in 1970, Congress passed the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA) as a means to improve railroad safety. Provisions of the law are intended to promote safety in all areas of railroad operations and to reduce railroad-related accidents.

Congress was compelled to revisit the FRSA in 2007 following verified reports of railroad management intimidation to deny employees basic rights. That Amendment is commonly called “Railroad Whistleblower Protection”. Found at 49 § 20109, “whistleblower protection” prohibits railroad employers from firing, demoting or otherwise retaliating against any worker who reports a safety hazard, reports a work-related personal injury or illness. It also prohibits the railroad from interfering with medical or first aid treatment of an employee.

Such violations may include:

  • Discrimination against an employee for refusing to violate any Federal law or regulation relating to railroad safety or security
  • Discrimination for reporting in good faith a hazardous safety or security condition
  • Discrimination for reporting a job-related injury or illness; Failure to provide prompt medical attention or interfering in medical care of an employee

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For decades, the lawyers of Hildebrand McLeod & Nelson LLP in Oakland and Glendale, California, have successfully represented railroad workers who have suffered employee retaliation in violation of the FRSA. Even if you are unsure whether an adverse action you have suffered was in violation of the FRSA, talk to one of our attorneys. We will aggressively investigate your circumstances and explain ways in which we can help you recover compensation under the whistleblower protection provisions of the law.

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