The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against two dentists in North Texas on behalf of a dental hygienist and a dental assistant who were not reinstated after expressing concern about what safety measures COVID-19 would be in place when the exercise reopened. spring 2020.
DOL said in March and April 2020, Roger Bohannan and David Bohannan, owners of Roger H. Bohannan DDS Inc. in North Richland Hills, Texas, fired their employees after the state banned specific dental care. procedures at the height of the pandemic.
While looted, the two employees asked what security measures would be in place when patients and staff returned. After receiving a call to return to work, the employer did not return the hygienist after citing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to DOL.
An OSHA study found that Bohannan Dentistry was discriminated against. against the employees to exercise their rights to question security protocols, as the two employees were not re-employed while all other employees at the exercise were restored when the furlough ended, according to DOL.
The U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, is requesting the court to ask the employer to pay the appellant damages, plus interest, for all past and future lost wages and benefits as a result of termination compensation for costs and expenditure; compensatory damages, including compensation for emotional pain and distress and exemplary or punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial.
The dental service did not immediately respond to questions for comment.