Philadelphia Electric Company To Pay $150,000 To Three Employees In Whistleblower Investigation

Philadelphia, PA (CompNewsNetwork) - Hyde Electric Corp. has agreed to pay a total of $150,000 in lost wages and 
benefits to three employees after the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration 
found the company in violation of the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 
1970. The agreement resolves an OSHA investigation resulting from an employee complaint.

The company was contracted by the School District of Philadelphia to replace the fire alarm system at Martin 
Luther King High School. The employees, through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, 
filed a complaint with OSHA alleging they had been laid off in retaliation for complaining about an alleged 
occupational hazard. An investigation by OSHA's Philadelphia Regional Office determined the layoffs were in 
retaliation of engaging in protected activity under the OSH Act, in violation of Section 11(c).

"Employees should be free to exercise their rights under the law without fear of termination or retaliation by 
their employers," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Philadelphia. "This action 
underscores the Labor Department's commitment to vigorously take action to protect those rights."
Hyde Electric also has agreed to post and provide its employees with information on their whistleblower rights 
under the OSH Act.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions 21 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various 
airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health care 
reform, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime and securities laws. The 
whistleblower provision laws enacted by Congress prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who raise 
various protected concerns or provide protected information to the employer or to the government. Employees who 
believe they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the 
secretary of labor for an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program. Detailed information on 
employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets, is available online at:

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful 
workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by 
setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

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