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Michigan nuclear plant workers still fear retaliation

When compromising situations or a lack of safety arise in a work environment, it is imperative that employees feel comfortable enough to report any violations. Sadly, this is not always the case, and it can cause employees to work in seriously unsafe environments. Some Michigan employees are too fearful of retaliation to say anything even as compromised safety arises in certain work environments.

An apparent lack of safety and overall accountability was noted by an outside party at a nuclear power plant in Michigan. Since the discovery, regulators have visited the plant to speak with employees concerning how the safety, work culture and oversight is functioning at the plant. Overall, regulators have noted that there has been some improvement since the safety violations were first noted.

The change in certain standards of safety has not eased some of the employees' minds when it comes to speaking up. Dozens of security personnel asserted that the potential for retaliation leaves them feeling uncomfortable when it comes to addressing safety concerns with their supervisors. This raises the concern that sub-par safety could potentially cause serious problems at the nuclear power plant.

While a spokeswoman from the plant claims that they have launched a plan to handle these concerns, many employees still do not feel comfortable reporting safety violations. Workplace retaliation is illegal in Michigan and should never have to be tolerated in any work environment. Those who have experienced any sort of retaliation from an employer for reporting safety concerns may be entitled to pursue civil damages related to the incident, something that could help them financially and make the workplace safer for all employees.

Source: Michigan Radio, Nuclear regulators flag concerns over safety culture among security officers at Palisades, Lindsey Smith, March 7, 2014

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