Five days after sustaining a head injury while working a conveyor belt, an Ohio United States Postal Service employee was fired for allegedly working in an unsafe manner. Along with the U.S. Department of Labor, the employee has filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service for restoration of lost pay and benefits. Chicago’s branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is calling this a case of unlawful retaliation.
The lawsuit was filed because the plaintiff believes that the firing happened in violation of OSHA’s whistleblower protection provision, which was put into place in the 1970s to protect employees from retaliation in the event that they report code violations to OSHA.
The employee is also seeking the removal of the disciplinary action from his or her record, and for the Postal Service to display the information regarding whistleblower protections somewhere in the distribution facility where the employee worked.
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