The U.S. Department of Labor has settled with a Houston company that it claims illegally fired an employee who had complained about
The $30,000 settlement with Triple B Cleaning, a commercial steam cleaning business, resolved findings by OSHA whistle-blower investigators that the employee had requested personal protective equipment while performing cleaning duties.
According to OSHA, the Mexia-based Triple B denied the request.
OSHA alleged that Triple B demoted the employee when a news reporter contacted the worker’s supervisor. The employee was later discharged after his story aired on a local newscast.
The employee then filed a whistle-blower complaint claiming that Triple B retaliated against him for contacting the media.
OSHA investigated the complaint and determined that Triple B’s decision to fire the worker violated the whistle-blower provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
In addition to paying the employee for lost wages, Triple B agreed to an injunction prohibiting future discrimination and to post a notice for 60 days advising employees of their rights under the Act’s whistle-blower protection provision.