The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Austin-based Whole Foods Marker in order to have a former employee reinstated after he was allegedly fired for voicing concerns on a sewer spill at a store in Miami.
According to the lawsuit, OSHA investigated the case and found that the company violated the whistleblower protection laws put in place by firing the man.
OSHA has asked that the federal court issue some type of order that will prevent Whole Foods from doing this in the future. Also, OSHA has asked that the employee be rehired and paid back payments and other damages.
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Jurors will hear opening statements Tuesday in the case against the Wrinkle County Sheriff that allegedly helped to retaliate against two nurses after they made an anonymous complaint about a doctor to state regulators.
The doctor was friend’s with the sheriff and the two nurses claim that he helped to get them fired. The sheriff is charged with misuse of official information, felony retaliation, and misdemeanor official oppression.
If convicted of the charges, he could face up to 10 years in prison. In 2009, the two nurses sent an unsigned letter to the Texas Medical Board complaining that the doctor improperly told patients to buy herbal medicines and wanted to perform home procedures and use the hospital’s supplies when doing so.
The doctor then went to the sheriff and asked him to investigate who sent the letter. The women were charged with misuse of information, but the charges were later dropped.
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