OSHA Orders Reinstatement of Whistleblower, Investigation Found Youth Provider Retaliated against Employee

From an OSHA Press Release:

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Anchorage-based North Star Behavioral Health System to reinstate an employee who was fired after reporting safety concerns about compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act at the company’s residential youth facility outside of Anchorage.

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The employee had reported concerns about safe drinking water and a lack of appropriate licensing for a North Star manager, who for several months held certain regulatory responsibilities regarding the facility’s drinking water system. In retaliation for reporting the safety concerns to state agencies, the employer
disciplined the complainant, ordered him to refrain from future contact with regulatory agencies and then fired him for allegedly sabotaging the facility’s water supply.

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“Workers have the right to voice safety concerns without fear of retaliation or termination,” said Dean Ikeda, OSHA’s regional administrator in Seattle. “Employers found in violation of whistleblower protection provisions will be held accountable.

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