A federal court ordered S.E.M. Villa II Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates a retirement home in Milford, Ohio, to pay a former manager $20,000 in back pay. The former manager filed a complaint with the Clermont County General Health District alleging that S.E.M. Villa II was mishandling a bedbug infestation at the retirement home. S.E.M. Villa subsequently terminated the manager October 5, 2011.
In addition to ordering back pay of $20,000, the federal magistrate judge ordered the company to remove all negative information related to the whistleblower’s employment record and to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in the future. Further, the judge directed the retirement home to post OSHA educational notices for its employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 directs employers to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for all of their employees. OSHA accomplishes its mandate by setting and enforcing safety and health standards. In addition, OSHA provides education, training and on-going assistance to America’s workplaces.
Whistleblowing for safety and health
OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program enforces whistleblower protections of 22 various statutes for workers who disclose violations of workplace safety, food safety and environmental laws, among others. The statutes enforced by the program prohibit employers from retaliating against employees with adverse action such as:
The breadth of the statutes enforced by OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program extends from securities to environmental law. The following are the laws under the program’s authority:
Filing an action under OSHA’s whistleblower provisions can be complicated because of the various statutes under its authority. Before proceeding, contact a Dallas whistleblower attorney to schedule a consultation.