This was sent to me from a Whistleblower Group.  I do not have the credits for this article, unfortunately.  I post it as received.  –GFS



OSHA Sues Company for Firing Whistleblower


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has filed suit against Exclusive Decorators Inc.; Interiors Furniture, LLC; and its vice president, Garrett Ney, on behalf of an employee who was terminated in violation of the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.


The complaint alleges that the employee was terminated after complaining to the employer about the lack of ventilation in the workplace. OSHA previously had cited the employer for ventilation violations. OSHA conducted an inspection of the worksite in response to a complaint about safety and health practices.


The former employee filed a complaint with OSHA, alleging retaliation by the defendants in violation of Section 11(c) of the OSH Act. OSHA investigated the complaint and determined it had merit. After being notified of OSHA’s findings, the defendants refused to reinstate the employee to the same or a substantially equivalent position of employment and declined to pay back wages or other employment benefits. Exclusive Decorators Inc. specializes in manufacturing and installing wood cabinets and furniture.


“Every employee should be free to exercise his or her rights under the law without fear of termination or retaliation by their employers,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York. “The Labor Department is committed to protecting those rights.”


Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the complaint seeks to reinstate the employee; secure compensatory damages, lost back pay, and punitive damages; and require the company to post a notice in a prominent place for 60 days that explains employee rights under Section 11(c) of the OSH Act.


OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of the OSH Act and 15 other statutes protecting employees who report violations of various trucking, airline, nuclear power, pipeline, environmental, rail, and securities laws. Detailed information on employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets, is available online at: http://www.osha. gov/dep/oia/ whistleblower/ index.html