Washington Legal Foundation v. U.S. Dep't of Labor
- Case Date: 12/7/2000
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On December 7, 2000, WLF filed a lawsuit against OSHA, charging that OSHA's recently released ergonomics standard was not properly promulgated. OSHA's ergonomics standard requires virtually every employer in the country to establish a program designed to guard against employee injuries caused by repetitive motions, such as lifting objects or typing on a keyboard. The standard would, among other things, require employers to give paid leave to employees complaining that repetitive workplace motions were causing them pain. WLF filed its suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The suit argues that the ergonomics standard is overly vague and unduly burdensome, and was adopted in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. On March 7, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives handed WLF a noteworthy victory when it invoked the never-before-used Congressional Review Act to repeal the OSHA ergonomics standard.