Hanford contractor ordered to pay $186K

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has been ordered to pay $186,000 in back wages to two employees who raised safety concerns at the site.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday ordered Computer Sciences Corp. to pay the workers, who were laid off after raising safety concerns.

The agency says the names of the two workers were not released because of laws protecting whistleblowers

The agency says the two employees reported a defective electronic medical records system that had problems tracking medical restrictions for workers. They were subsequently laid off.

OSHA also ordered the contractor to post a notice saying that retaliation against employees for voicing nuclear safety concerns is illegal.

The parties involved can appeal the decision.