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What Damages Can Railroad Workers Recover in a FRSA Lawsuit?

Depending on the facts of his or her case, a person who suffers retaliation for reporting unsafe or illegal practices can request reinstatement/rehiring, back pay, lost future earnings, monetary damages for emotional distress and punitive damages.

OSHA handles investigations into Federal Railroad Safety Act complaints. To pursue a claim, a railroad employee, contractor or subcontractor must file a claim within 180 days of when a retaliatory action such as firing or demotion occurred. A FRSA claim succeeds when evidence shows that the retaliatory action followed from the report of unsafe or illegal practices.


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