- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A railway company will pay $2,000 for disciplining an Iowa employee seeking doctor-ordered time off, federal officials announced Thursday.

Canadian National Railway, doing business as Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad, violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act when it denied the request, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The $2,000 will cover compensatory damages for the employee, who sought time off in October for an illness. The employee at the company’s Fort Dodge Yard complex was instead given a letter of reprimand for violating the company’s attendance policy.

The company will also remove disciplinary information from the employee’s record and provide whistleblower rights information to workers.

Canadian National Railway can file an appeal with the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. A spokesman for the company declined to comment.



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