or discrimination against, an employee because the employee has filed "any
notice of complaint ...under or related to this act..." is prohibited by
. An example of
a complaint made "under" the act would be an employee request for inspection
pursuant to Chapter 3, Section
of these Rules.
However, this would not be the only type of complaint protected by the act. The
range of complaints "related to" the act is commensurate with the purposes of
this legislation and the scope of its application. An example of a complaint
made "related to" the act would be an employee reporting a work-related injury
or illness on the "equivalent form" of Workers' Safety and Compensation Report
(b) Complaints made to
other State or local agencies regarding occupational safety and health
conditions would be "related to" the act. Such complaints, however, must relate
to conditions at the workplace, as distinguished from complaints touching only
upon general public safety and health.
(c) Further, the beneficial principles of the
act would be seriously undermined if employees were discouraged from lodging
complaints about occupational safety and health matters with their employers.
Such complaints to employers, if made in good faith, therefore would be related
to the act, and an employee would be protected against discharge or
discrimination caused by a complaint to the employer.