Today's News

OSHA orders Columbia, S.C., real estate company to reinstate whistleblower and pay more than $50,000 in back wages

November 29, 2010
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered CMM Realty, Inc. to reinstate a worker who was fired in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Clean Air Act.

The company must pay back wages of more than $50,000, which accumulates weekly, with interest, while the employee is out of work, plus $16,222 in compensatory damages. The worker was terminated after he expressed concerns to management and two state agencies about exposure to asbestos at one of the company's condominium properties in Columbia., S.C.

"OSHA is very serious about protecting America's workforce," said Cindy A. Coe, OSHA's regional administrator in Atlanta, Ga. "Employers found in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Clean Air Act or any of the 20 whistleblower laws we enforce will be held fully accountable."

Based on the worker's complaint, the South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control inspected the condominiums, found that CMM Realty was in violation of asbestos control standards and issued citations against the company.

CMM Realty Inc. is a real estate management corporation primarily engaged in renting, buying, managing and appraising real estate for others. Located in Columbia, S.C., the company employs approximately 50 workers. Either party to the case may file an appeal with the Labor Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of the Clean Air Act and 19 other statutes protecting employees who report violations of various securities laws; trucking, airline, nuclear, pipeline, environmental and rail workplace safety and health regulations, and consumer product safety laws. Under the various whistleblower provisions enacted by Congress, employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who raise various protected concerns or provide protected information to the employer or to the government. Employees who believe that they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the secretary of labor for an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program. For more information, visit www.whistleblowers.gov.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

11/4/14 2:00 pm EST

Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN JAN 2015 COVER

2015 January

Check out ISHN's first issue of 2015, which features articles about hearing protection as well as the State of the EHS Nation 2015 Survey.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - January 2015

FDO JAN 2015 COVER

 

For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. 

CHECK OUT THE JANUARY 2015 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.