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OSHA Orders Pilot Reinstated in Airline Whistleblower Case

OSHA Orders Pilot Reinstated

Today OSHA ordered Air Methods Corp., the largest U.S. provider of air medical transportation services, to reinstate a pilot that Air Methods terminated in retaliation for his refusal to fly a helicopter with a faulty emergency locator. OSHA also ordered Air Methods to pay $158,000 in lost pay and $8,500 in damages, and remove disciplinary information from the whistleblower’s personnel file. OSHA has issued a press release about its findings in this AIR 21 whistleblower case.

AIR-21 protects whistleblowers against retaliation for:

  • Disclosing a violation of an airline safety regulation to their employer or a federal government entity;
  • Commencing a proceeding related to the violation of an airline safety regulation; or
  • Testifying, assisting, or participating in a proceeding related to the violation of an airline safety regulation.

Under AIR-21, a prevailing whistleblower can recover:

  • Reinstatement;
  • Lost wages and benefits;
  • Compensatory damages for emotional distress and reputational harm; and
  • Attorney fees and litigation costs.

Whistleblower Protection Lawyers

SEC whistleblower lawyers Washington DC whistleblower law firm Zuckerman Law represents whistleblowers nationwide under federal whistleblower protection laws, including the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower law, and the False Claims Act and NDAA anti-retaliation provisions.

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Testimonial from AIR21 Whistleblower

  • I couldn’t ask for a better guy than Dallas Hammer to put the airlines feet to the fire. I had never heard of AIR21 until I had been retaliated against and educated my self with the help of Zuckerman Law website. Dallas correctly anticipated every move they made and we were in position to have a very strong case. Dallas negotiated a severance that is far above the norm. I am very pleased with the outcome. Now I can move on with my life with plenty of time to find a better employer.
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Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.