The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a whistleblower
and retaliation lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio against S.E.M. Villa II Inc., a nonprofit corporation that
operates S.E.M. Terrace, a retirement facility in Milford, Ohio. The lawsuit
alleges that S.E.M Terrace violated the whistleblower provision of the
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 when it terminated a resident
manager after he filed a complaint with the Clermont County General Health
District regarding the ineffective handling of bedbugs at the retirement
Nick Walters, OSHAs regional administrator in Chicago,
"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is
committed to protecting the rights of America's workers who are penalized or
terminated for filing complaints seeking to improve the safety and health of
their work environment and those affected by it."
In addition to requesting reinstatement and compensatory
damages, the lawsuit is asking that all negative information related the
employee's termination be removed from his personnel record. The lawsuit is
also seeking to permanently enjoin S.E.M. Vila II Inc. from violating the
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and that a notice be posted so all employees
know their rights under the act.
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