A resident manager working at S.E.M. Terrace, a nursing home based in Milford, Ohio, complained to the Clermont County General Health District about a failure to adequately remove bedbugs from residents´ living quarters. S.E.M. Terrace is owned and operated by the non-profit S.E.M. Villa II Inc., who fired the resident manager upon learning of his complaint.
Firing the manager violated whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. As such, by the order of a federal court, S.E.M. Villa II Inc. owes the resident manager $20,000 in wages. Chicago’s OSHA regional administrator stated, “A worker should never be at risk of losing their job for reporting health and safety violations and exercising their whistleblower rights.”
The ruling came with other provisions for S.E.M Villa II Inc.’s future operations. Firstly, the manager responsible for the resident manager’s termination was fired. Secondly, all negative records of the resident manager’s discharge were expunged. Finally, the non-profit had to inform all current workers of the rights endowed to them by OSHA.
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Source: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24846, https://www.bhhc.com/media/6905/dwc-factsheets-for-injured-workers-english-02-10-11.pdf