Verdicts Settlements

Injured Rail Worker's Win Relied on Rail Safety Act

Lawyer hopes $1 million award, a first, will challenge industry culture

Andrew Barati v. Metro-North Railroad Co.: A Waterbury man was awarded more than $1 million after a federal jury decided his railroad employer had wrongfully retaliated against him for reporting an injury when fixing a track. According to the man's lawyer, it's the first verdict in the country awarding punitive damages to an employee who was retaliated against by a railroad company since Congress enacted a new law in 2007 called the federal Rail Safety Act.

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