In a decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Metro-North Railroad has been ordered to pay $142,000 to an injured worker. The worker will also receive a promotion and some retroactive payments, with interest, for the salary difference in the new position. This decision comes after the worker accused Metro-North of refusing to classify his New York on-the-job injury as work-related. The worker also alleged that the company refused to promote him because of the injury.
Bill Ordner, an ironworker with the railroad, sustained an on-the-job knee injury during a lunch break at Metro-North. Ordner alleges the injury was not considered a work-related injury by Metro-North. Ordner believes the railroad failed to promote him to the position of locomotive engineer at least partly due to the work-related injury.
In a statement, Ordner said, "In my situation, management was not willing to listen to my safety concerns and became relentless and purposeful in their efforts to retard my career advancement."
The New York workers' compensation lawyers with Markhoff & Mittman, P.C. urge workers to always report on-the-job injuries as soon as possible. If you fear financial or employment repercussions for reporting your injuries, contact a White Plains workers' comp attorney today.