053-7 Wyo. Code R. § 7-7 - Exercise of any Right Afforded by the Act

(a) In addition to protecting employees who file complaints, institute proceedings, or testify in proceedings under or related to the act, W.S. 27-11-109(e) also protects employees from discrimination occurring because of the exercise "of any right afforded by this act." Certain rights are explicitly provided in the act; for example, there is a right to participate as a party in enforcement proceedings in W.S. W.S. 27-11-104. Certain other rights exist by necessary implication. For example, employees may request information from the Department; such requests would constitute the exercise of a right afforded by the act. Likewise, employees interviewed by Department representatives in the course of inspections or investigations could not subsequently be discriminated against because of their cooperation.
(i) There is no right afforded by the act, which would entitle employees to walk off the job because of potential unsafe conditions at the workplace. Hazardous conditions, which may be violative of the act, should be corrected by the employer, once brought to his attention. If corrections are not accomplished, or if there is dispute about the existence of a hazard, the employee will normally have opportunity to request inspection of the workplace pursuant to Chapter 3, Section 3 of these rules, or to seek the assistance of other governmental agencies, which have responsibility in the field of safety and health.

Under such circumstances, an employer would not be in violation of W.S. W.S. 27-11-109(e) by taking action to discipline an employee for refusing to perform normal job activities because of alleged safety or health hazards.

(ii) Occasions might arise when an employee is confronted with a choice between not performing assigned tasks or subjecting himself to serious injury or death arising from a hazardous condition at the workplace. If the employee, with no reasonable alternative, refuses in good faith to expose himself to the dangerous condition, he would be protected against subsequent discrimination. The condition causing the employee's apprehension of death or injury must be of such a nature that a reasonable person, under the circumstances then confronting the employee, would conclude that there is a real danger of death or serious injury and that there is insufficient time, due to the urgency of the situation, to eliminate the danger through resort to regular statutory enforcement channels. In addition, in such circumstances, the employee, where possible, must also have sought from his employer, and been unable to obtain, a correction of the dangerous condition.


053-7 Wyo. Code R. § 7-7

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