• Part Number:
  • Part Number Title:
    Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under The Federal Employee Protection Provisions of Six Environtmental Statutes and Section 211 of The Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, As Amended
  • Subpart:
    24 Subpart A
  • Subpart Title:
    Complaints, Investigations, Issuance of Findings
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Issuance of findings and orders.
  • GPO Source:
After considering all the relevant information collected during the investigation, the Assistant Secretary will issue, within 30 days of filing of the complaint, written findings as to whether or not there is reasonable cause to believe that the respondent has retaliated against the complainant in violation of any of the statutes listed in § 24.100(a).
If the Assistant Secretary concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation has occurred, he or she shall accompany the findings with an order providing relief to the complainant. The order shall include, where appropriate, a requirement that the respondent abate the violation; reinstate the complainant to his or her former position, together with the compensation (including back pay), terms, conditions and privileges of the complainant's employment; pay compensatory damages; and, under the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, pay exemplary damages, where appropriate. At the complainant's request the order shall also assess against the respondent the complainant's costs and expenses (including attorney's fees) reasonably incurred in connection with the filing of the complaint.
If the Assistant Secretary concludes that a violation has not occurred, the Assistant Secretary will notify the parties of that finding.

The findings and order will be sent by means that allow OSHA to confirm delivery to all parties of record (and each party’s legal counsel if the party is represented by counsel). The findings and order will inform the parties of their right to file objections and to request a hearing and provide the address of the Chief Administrative Law Judge. The Assistant Secretary will file a copy of the original complaint and a copy of the findings and order with the Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Department of Labor.


The findings and order will be effective 30 days after receipt by the respondent (or the respondent's legal counsel if the respondent is represented by counsel) or on the compliance date set forth in the order, whichever is later, unless an objection and/or a request for a hearing has been filed as provided at § 24.106.

[72 FR 44965, August 10, 2007; 76 FR 2822, Jan. 18, 2011; 86 FR 1782, Jan. 11, 2021]