The Peterbilt Factory in Denton, TX employs over 2,500 people. During the beginning of the Covid pandemic a factory worker had safety concerns. After voicing those concerns publicly, namely that the company was not doing enough to prevent the spread of the virus in the workplace, the worker was terminated.
This is in violation of OSHA protections for Texas workers. It is against Federal law. The worker filed a complaint with OSHA and they have filed a lawsuit against the company.
Lawsuits are very helpful in worker abuse situations like this; often big companies will think they can pick on the little guy and no one will defend them. This is why it is so important for victims of workplace retaliation, intimidation or abuse immediately contact a Texas Civil Rights Attorney.
Attorney Domingo Garcia has been doing this type of work for over 35 years. You can send him a confidential email anytime, and our office will review your case for FREE.
“Every worker has the right to report safety concerns of any kind without fear of retaliation.”
OSHA News Release – Region 6
U.S. Department of Labor
“Our investigation found that PACCAR terminated a worker for reporting their concerns that the company’s response to the dangers of the coronavirus would not prevent its spread,” said Regional OSHA Administrator Eric S. Harbin in Dallas. “Every worker has the right to report safety concerns of any kind without fear of retaliation.”
“The U.S. Department of Labor will hold employers accountable when they retaliate against workers who raise safety concerns for themselves and their co-workers,” said Regional Solicitor of Labor John Rainwater in Dallas. “At the same time, the department will work vigorously to ensure a worker’s legal right to a safe and healthy workplace is protected as the law provides.”
Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, PACCAR Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. It also designs and manufactures trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, Leyland Trucks and DAF brands.