American Bronze Foundry Sued for Illegally Firing Whistleblower
Florida-based American Bronze Foundry was recently sued by the federal government’s safety agency after firing a worker who complained about exposure to harmful chemicals.
In a release, the U.S. Department of Labor said it was taking legal action against the company and its owners Charles Wambold and Renee Wambold, alleging that the employee who blew the whistle on lead exposure was terminated. The agency said that the firm violated Section 11 (c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The local OSHA leadership said employees in dangerous fields should feel comfortable reporting any safety concerns without fear of retaliation.
"America's workers have the right to raise health concerns regarding lead and other hazardous chemicals at any time with management and OSHA," said Cindy Coe, OSHA's regional administrator in Atlanta. "OSHA is committed to holding employers accountable for retaliating against employees who engage in activities protected by the OSH Act."
OSHA fined a Florida firm recently after a similar incident. Earlier this month, the agency fined Alabama-based DKS Structura Services, doing business as Don Kennedy and Sons House Moving Company, $122,400 for firing a whistleblower.
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