An employee of a government contractor was laid off shortly after expressing safety concerns to upper management at his company. Now OSHA is getting involved.
OSHA has filed a whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of an employee of Bering Sea Eccotech, based in Anchorage, Alaska.
The worker complained about safety violations after observing two dangerous explosions. The company barred the employee from being rehired.
An OSHA investigation revealed that the former employee’s complaint had merit. The company still refused to rehire the employee or pay back wages.
The lawsuit seeks to reinstate the employee, secure compensatory damages and lost wages, and require the company to post a notice for 60 days that explains employee rights under the whistleblower section of the OSH Act.
Bering Sea Eccotech specializes in unexploded ordnance clean-up, range management and remediation services.
The company is responsible for cleaning up unexploded ordnance at the Camp Pendleton Marine base in San Diego.