A U.S. pilot who raised a number of safety concerns has won
reinstatement to his job, and years of lost wages.
The pilot had complained about safety concerns at work ranging
from missed drug tests for pilots to poor recordkeeping.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
in its press release on the case, said that the company, which
formerly provided "medevac" services to a hospital in
Alaska, had suspended and then fired the pilot and
"ostracized" him amongst the "close-knit
community" for raising safety concerns.
OSHA ordered the company to reinstate the pilot, pay him lost
wages back to 2012, plus $100,000 in compensatory damages for pain
suffering and mental distress. His total damages could exceed
OHSA enforces "whistleblower" provisions under a
number of U.S. statutes.
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