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January 13, 2010
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A former employee of Corpus Christi-based Orion Drilling Co., fired after complaining to management about being exposed to mold in the workplace, has been paid $10,000 in back wages as a result of a settlement secured by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to an OSHA press release.

The former employee, who served as a crew member on a drilling rig, complained to management about being exposed to mold in the crew members’ living quarters. After being fired, the former employee filed a complaint with the OSHA alleging a violation of the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970. OSHA’s investigation found merit to the complaint.

After OSHA informed the employer of its preliminary finding and referred the case to the Labor Department’s Office of the Solicitor for enforcement, the employer elected to settle the case. In addition to paying the complainant the $10,000 in lost wages, the settlement agreement requires the employer to post a notice in the workplace informing employees of their rights under the OSH Act and to purge all derogatory or negative statements from the fired employee’s personnel file.

“Employees should be free to exercise their rights under the law without fear of retaliation by their employers,” said Dean McDaniel, OSHA’s regional administrator in Dallas, Texas. “This settlement underscores the Labor Department’s commitment to vigorously take action to protect worker rights.”

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