A prisoner transport company has been ordered to reinstate an employee who is allegedly terminated for having complained about an unsafe act by an employee.
The U.S. Department of Labor ordered Melbourne, Florida-based US Corrections LLC to reinstate workers who reported violations of an employee's commercial vehicle security and to pay more than $ 70,000 to the worker in salary, $ 30,000 in punitive damages, $ 7,341 in compensation damages and $ 30,000 in emotional distress and legal costs, the department said in a statement Monday.
According to the department, investigators at the U.S. Department of Occupational Health and Safety found that the U.S. corrections violated the Whistleblower provisions of the Surface Transport Assistance Act when it terminated a worker for reporting that an employee regularly violated U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, including speeding. speed limits and maintain in accurate driving logs.
U.S. Corrections were also ordered to train managers and employees in workers' rights according to STAA. The company has the opportunity to appeal the order to DOL's office for administrative law judges.