Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) - Table of Contents
• Part Number: 1977
• Part Title: Discrimination against Employees under OSHA Act of 1970
• Standard Number: 1977.15
• Title: Filing of Complaint for Discrimination.
• GPO Source: e-CFR


Who may file. A complaint of section 11(c) discrimination may be filed by the employee himself, or by a representative authorized to do so on his behalf.


Nature of filing. No particular form of complaint is required.


Place of filing. Complaint should be filed with the Area Director (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) responsible for enforcement activities in the geographical area where the employee resides or was employed.


Time for filing.


Section 11(c)(2) provides that an employee who believes that he has been discriminated against in violation of section 11(c)(1) "may, within 30 days after such violation occurs," file a complaint with the Secretary of Labor.


A major purpose of the 30-day period in this provision is to allow the Secretary to decline to entertain complaints which have become stale. Accordingly, complaints not filed within 30 days of an alleged violation will ordinarily be presumed to be untimely.



However, there may be circumstances which would justify tolling of the 30-day period on recognized equitable principles or because of strongly extenuati