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Senate Bill Would Criminalize Intentional Concealment of Dangers from Workers

On July 16, 2014, Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced the Hide No Harm Act intended to protect both workers and consumers from dangerous products. Corporate officers who knowingly conceal the fact that a corporate action or product poses a risk of injury or death to workers or consumers could face up to 5 years in prison and extensive fines. The Act requires company executives to take reasonable steps to inform workers about serious dangers to which they may be exposed. The Act further creates a “safe harbor” for any worker who feels discriminated against by an employer because he or she warned other employees about the dangers of the product. Such an aggrieved worker would need to file a complaint with the Department of Labor. If the Department of Labor does not issue a final decision within 180 days, the worker would be entitled to sue the employer. Please contact members of our Employment Section with any questions or concerns.

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