Quick Answer: Can I Sue My Employer For OSHA Violations?

When You Can Sue Your Employer.

Under workers’ compensation laws, most employees aren’t allowed to sue their employer.

With workers’ comp insurance, you don’t have to prove your employer did anything wrong to collect benefits.

Workplace injury lawsuits are complicated.

Can I sue my employer for unsafe work conditions?

Answer: When employees are injured at the workplace, the general rule is that they can only get compensation for their injuries through workers’ comp; they can’t sue their employers in court. In some states, there is a limited exception when an employer intentionally hurt an employee.

Can I sue OSHA?

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You can’t sue OSHA. But you can file a complaint against an employer that has retaliated against you. I’ve attached a link to OSHA’s whistleblower protection page.

What qualifies as unsafe working conditions?

An unsafe work environment occurs when an employee is unable to perform her required daily duties because the physical conditions of the workplace are too dangerous. For instance, exposed wiring, broken equipment, hazardous materials, or asbestos could pose an unsafe working environment for employees.

How do I report a company for unsafe working conditions?

If there is an emergency or the hazard is immediately life-threatening, call your local OSHA Regional Office or 1-800-321-OSHA.