Search Site
Menu

OSHA Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against Hotel Operator in Texas

The federal government brought a lawsuit against a hotel operator in Waller, Texas, claiming it terminated an employee who sought medical attention after exposure to carbon monoxide in the workplace.

The suit was filed on March 25, 2021 and seeks the court to order the defendant to comply with the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, to reinstate the employee in question and expunge their record, and to pay back wages, interest, compensatory and punitive damages.

Case background

According to the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a worker at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel in Waller alerted the company in January 2019 that they fell ill due to carbon monoxide exposure. They asked the employer to call an ambulance, a request the employer refused. In addition, the employer threatened to terminate the hotel worker.

The worker went to the hospital on their own, and was terminated after doing so.

The employee reported the incident to OSHA, which then conducted an investigation. Upon concluding the investigation, OSHA filed the lawsuit, alleging All Seasons Hospitality and Investments LLC (the operator of the hotel) and its owner, Tanvir Shahmohd, illegally terminated the employee for blowing the whistle on carbon monoxide exposure in the workplace.

It is against federal law for employers to retaliate against employees in any way for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing, dangerous conditions or other such issues. If you believe you’ve had your labor rights violated by an employer, contact an experienced whistleblower attorney at Kardell Law Group to learn about the best way to proceed with a legal claim.

Honors
Our Office
  • Dallas Office
    4514 Cole Ave
    #600
    Dallas, Texas 75205
    Phone: 214-306-8045
    Fax: 469-729-9926
Testimonials
  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Incredible knowledge of employee related concerns and equally brilliant knowledge of health care regulations, standards of practice. I would recommend this firm to anyone."  -V.B.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.

FOLLOW US
Facebook Twitter Linkedin RSS Feed JD Supra