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DOL sues to reinstate L.A. union whistle-blower

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A U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) lawsuit claims that Los Angeles-based Cement Masons South­­ern Cali­­for­­nia Administrative Cor­­p. (CMSCAC) illegally fired an em­­ployee for cooperating with a federal investigation. The corporation managed assets for five Cement Masons employee benefits trusts in southern California.

The suit seeks the employee’s reinstatement, lost wages and any other costs she may have incurred.

According to the complaint, the em­­ployee had lodged several internal complaints against a Cement Masons Local 600 union business official and CMSCAC trustee. Those complaints came before the DOL investigation began. Shortly after she shared her concerns with DOL investigators, the joint board of trustees voted to place her on administrative leave.

Then the board dissolved CMSCAC and reconstituted itself as Zenith American Solutions and hired all employees except the woman back to comparable positions.

Note: The government takes its enforcement powers seriously and frowns upon actions tantamount to witness intimidation.

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