The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has filed suit against a Region 2 nonprofit that provides care to individuals with developmental disabilities, claiming the organization fired an employee who voiced workplace safety and health concerns and filed a complaint with OSHA.
OSHA found that a few days after the employee advised her employer that she would consult OSHA regarding an assignment she had been given, the employee was suspended during an internal investigation that included a review of her job performance. At the end of the organization's investigation, the employee was fired. OSHA found evidence that the internal probe was used as a pretext to fire the employee for her whistleblower actions. The DOL filed charges in federal court after the organization failed to take corrective action.
The DOL complaint seeks reinstatement, back pay with interest, and compensatory damages for the employee. The DOL also asks that the organization be ordered to post and comply with a workplace notice that it will not discriminate against employees who engage in protected safety and health activities.