Champagne Demolition in Albany faces an OSHA lawsuit claiming that it illegally fired an employee for reporting improper asbestos removal practices at a company worksite. If true, that’s a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
According to the lawsuit, the employee reported the improper procedures on a job at Gloversville High School. He was fired the next day after enduring verbal abuse from company officials. OSHA says the company even threatened to sue the employee.
The worker filed an OSHA whistle-blower complaint and the agency investigated. After largely substantiating his story, it filed suit on his behalf.
OSHA’s lawsuit seeks the employee’s reinstatement with lost wages, plus punitive and compensatory damages, payments for emotional and financial distress and removal of any reference to the incident from the man’s personnel record. Barring a settlement, the case will go to trial.