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Whistleblower Claims Executives at Minnesota Nursing Home Instructed Staff to Ignore COVID-19 Protocols

In a September article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a whistleblower alleges executives of St. Therese of New Hope nursing home instructed staff to ignore protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The whistleblower was Brooke Peoples, who previously worked as an administrator at the facility in New Hope, Minnesota. She claims the instructions came from Read More

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More Workers Than Ever Quitting Their Jobs

The number of people throughout the United States quitting their jobs has reached record highs as Americans see significant opportunities in the job market and opportunities to earn more money elsewhere. Approximately 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August alone, representing nearly three percent of the workforce. That is the second time this year Read More

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OSHA Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Zoltek

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently filed a lawsuit against Zoltek Corp., alleging the company acted in defiance of whistleblower statutes by wrongfully terminating an employee who spoke up about unsafe working conditions. The lawsuit seeks reinstatement, damages, back wages and an order for the company to post proper notices around its premises Read More

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Texas Unions Push Lawmakers to Protect Workers in Wake of COVID-19

Some of the largest unions in the state of Texas recently renewed a push to get lawmakers to overhaul the employment insurance system in the state and to ensure workers’ compensation for employees who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus while on the job. According to these unions, state legislators need to take more concrete Read More

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Former McDonald’s Worker Files Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit, Alleging Wrongful Termination

A former worker at a McDonald’s location in San Jose, California recently filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the company, claiming she was fired for leading protests against the restaurant when it failed to provide workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The employee, Maria E. Ruiz Bonilla, Read More

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Report: OSHA Has Only Resolved Two Percent of Retaliation Reports Against COVID Whistleblowers So Far

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a surge of whistleblower complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A significant portion of these complaints are related to claims of retaliation against people who blew the whistle against insufficient health and safety protocols in the wake of the pandemic. Recent reports indicate OSHA has fallen far Read More

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Pennsylvania Teacher Blows the Whistle on School’s Insufficient COVID Protocols

A teacher at H.D. Berkey Elementary School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania recently submitted an anonymous letter to Action News 4 in Pittsburgh containing concerns about the New Kensington Arnold School District’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Some of the specific concerns addressed in the letter included: Students being placed three to five feet apart, rather than the Read More

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Worker Alleges Wrongful Termination after Warning Superiors Over COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Katrina Bryant, a former worker at a construction site for a new Amazon warehouse in Boardman, Oregon, alleges she was the victim of wrongful termination after she raised concerns to superiors over safety measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. Allegations in the case Bryant was tasked with safety compliance at the construction site, with duties including Read More

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Pair of Vegas Service Unions Reach Agreements with Resort Companies on New COVID-19 Protections After Legal Fight

After months of negotiations, members of the Bartenders Union Local 165 and Culinary Workers Union Local 226 have new agreements in place with a pair of the Las Vegas Strip’s largest resort companies to ensure greater protections for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes several months after the same unions filed lawsuits against the Read More

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OSHA Once Again Reminds Employers: Whistleblower Retaliation is Illegal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a reminder to employers across the United States that any form of retaliation against employees who blow the whistle on suspect working conditions is strictly illegal. Examples of illegal retaliation include termination, demotion, reductions in pay/hours or denials of promotions/overtime. Workers who believe they have been Read More

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