OSHA Reaches Agreement with CM Realty
A real estate management firm recently came to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after it illegally fired a worker.
In a statement, the federal government's safety agency announced that it had resolved a lawsuit with CM Realty stemming from the improper termination of an employee who raised concerns about safety. Under the agreement, the South Carolina-based company will pay the worker $45,000 and force it to post informative information about whistleblowers' rights at its worksites.
Workers should always feel safe when reporting violations, OSHA's local leadership said.
"OSHA is committed to securing workers' right of protection from retaliation upon reporting workplace safety and/or environmental concerns," said Cindy A. Coe, OSHA's regional administrator in Atlanta. "We are pleased that the Labor Department has reached an agreement in this matter consistent with our commitment."
OSHA has been hard at work settling other whislteblower cases. The agency reached an agreement with Tennessee-based Heartland Transportation, agreeing to reinstate the illegally fired worker and pay damages.
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