OSHA orders UP to reinstate worker, pay $200,000

AP News
Posted: Apr 08, 2011 4:32 PM
OSHA orders UP to reinstate worker, pay $200,000

Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to reinstate an employee who they say was fired after reporting an injury to the railroad.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Friday the Omaha, Neb.-based railroad also must pay the employee more than $200,000 in back pay and damages.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the railroad will review the OSHA order to decide how to proceed.

Regulators say Union Pacific disciplined the employee even though he wasn't at fault for the work-related injury. OSHA had released few details about what happened because regulators consider the employee a whistleblower.

OSHA officials did not immediately respond Friday to requests for more details.

Union Pacific Corp. shares fell 83 cents to $95.66 in trading Friday.