Question: Can You Be Fired For Reporting To OSHA?

If the investigation shows discrimination, in some cases OSHA can take your employer to court at no expense to you to restore your job, pay, and benefits.


Most workers have only 30 days under the law to report discrimination to OSHA.

Can I report my job to OSHA?

Telephone – your local OSHA Regional or Area Office.

OSHA staff can discuss your complaint and respond to any questions you have. If there is an emergency or the hazard is immediately life-threatening, call your local OSHA Regional or Area Office or 1-800-321-OSHA.

Can you file an OSHA complaint anonymously?

Please click “Submit” only once. Remember that you cannot file a whistleblower complaint with OSHA anonymously. If you file a complaint, OSHA will contact you to discuss your complaint. If OSHA proceeds with an investigation, the employer will be notified of your complaint.

How long does an employee have to file an OSHA complaint?

30 days

Can an employer make you do something unsafe?

Under federal and state laws, employers must provide a safe workplace. If unsafe working conditions are present, a worker may report the violation to the employer, to the federal and/or state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and in some cases, the worker may refuse to work.

What are types of OSHA violations?

There are six specific categories of OSHA violations, each of which carries either a recommended or a mandatory penalty.

  • De Minimis Violations.
  • Other-than-Serious Violations.
  • Serious Violations.
  • Willful Violations.
  • Repeated Violation.
  • Failure to Abate Prior Violation.

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. Workplace injury lawsuits are complicated. If you’ve been injured because of unsafe work conditions, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out your best compensation options.