NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD) – The U.S. Department of Labor announced on July 1 that it was ordering the CSX Transportation, one of eight Class I railroads operating in the United States, to pay $71,976 in back wages and $150,000 in punitive damages to a Louisiana employee after an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA says CSX Transportation violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act and fired the employee in 2019 in retaliation for “reporting safety concerns.”
Of the eight Class I railroads operating in the United States, CSX Transportation has regularly reported one of the lowest rates of employee injuries according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
However, this is the fourth time in just over a decade that the company, which employs 19,300 people in 23 states, has been fined for retaliating against employees reporting safety concerns, including one incident where an employee in Georgia was fired after reporting an “on-the-job” injury.
Prior to that, the company was twice found to have retaliated against employees reporting safety issues in Selkirk, New York in 2010 and 2016.
According to the company’s 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, CSX Transportation employs 90 people in Louisiana.