A plumber has filed a lawsuit against a medical center for wrongful termination, claiming he was fired because he reported asbestos to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers are generally prohibited by law from firing whistleblowers who report wrongdoing or who alert OSHA to workplace health hazards. As such, if the plumber can prove that he was terminated due to complaining about asbestos on the job, he should be entitled to back pay and compensation.
Workers in the building trades, including plumbers, should be aware of what asbestos fibers look like and should alert their employers immediately if they identify any signs that these fibers are present. Exposure to asbestos fibers can be deadly and there is never an excuse for not taking asbestos complaints seriously. A Boston mesothelioma lawyer can represent individuals exposed to asbestos on the job who became ill and can help victims to ensure that they are not retaliated against for protecting their right to avoid exposure.
Employers Must Prevent Workplace Exposure to Asbestos