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Worker raising concerns about covid being fired illegally: OSHA



An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that an employee of one of the world's largest truck manufacturers was fired after publicly expressing concern about the spread of covid-19 at a plant in Texas.

The investigation found the employee at the plant in Denton engaged to protected activities to raise concerns about safety in the workplace and that Paccar Inc. – which operates as Peterbilt Motor Co. – acted in retaliation for dismissing him, which violated federal protection for whistleblowers.

On Wednesday, the department's Office of the Solicitor filed a lawsuit against Paccar in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas at Tyler.

The lawsuit calls for the court to order the company to comply with the provisions against retaliation in the Occupational Safety and Health Act, reinstate the employee to his previous employment with the company and repay wages, interest, damages and other allowances. It further requests that the employee's personnel register be deleted.

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