Preventing and Defending MSHA Whistleblower Claims – [Webinar Recording]

On June 4, 2019, Nick Scala of Conn Maciel Carey’s national MSHA Practice, presented the third webinar in the 2019 MSHA Webinar Series regarding Preventing and Defending MSHA Whistleblower Claims.

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A priority under the Obama Administration across workplaces nationwide, the mining industry was not immune to the spike in discrimination cases brought forward by MSHA. While these cases may not receive the attention they once did, discrimination cases under Section 105(c) of the Mine Act remain an active area of MSHA investigation and prosecution, and perhaps one of the most costly and difficult allegations for operators to defend.

This webinar provided an overview of those protected by Section 105(c), best practices for preventing such claims and how to defend your operation if a claim is brought forward.

During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • Protected activities and potentially adverse actions against miners;
  • How to survive an MSHA whistleblower investigation; and
  • Ways to defend a discrimination claim brought by MSHA or by a miner.

Here is a link to a recording of the webinar with audio, and a copy of the slides.  To be automatically registered for all of the monthly webinar in the 2019 MSHA Webinar Series, send an email to

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