Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Union Pacific Ordered to Re-Hire Idahoan, Pay Worker $300K

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM

An unidentified Idahoan won re-employment, and more than $300,000 in back pay and damages, when the U.S. government ruled in the employee's favor against Union Pacific Railroad.

The unidentified worker from Pocatello was injured on the job, but suspended without pay and then fired 23 days after reporting the injury. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration found reasonable cause to side with the worker and against the company claims that the employee broke a work rule.

A Union Pacific spokesman said the company would appeal the ruling.

Union Pacific runs on 849 miles of track in Idaho and employs 950 workers in the Gem State.

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