Employer is not always right – “toxic-free environment”

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach

In a recent case that was pursued by the Department of Labor, the justice prevailed to the employee who got fired by sharing relevant information about toxic elements that exist in the hair styling chemicals which was being used in the beauty salon.

The employer that fired the employee paid the latter in lost wages of $65,000. Additionally, the employer agreed to pay $100,000 in compensatory damages for emotional pain and suffering including the removal of all references to the termination from employee’s personnel records.

Please click on the image below to read the complete article on the “Firing of Whistleblower is an Ugly Business” (ref: Department of Labor)

@_2016 Case OSHA Prevailed


When a similar situation arose within a workplace, the best action is to create, explore both the pros and the cons, understand the main issues, establish a collaborative efforts that will resolve the matter where all parties will agree – “firing is not an immediate reaction” because that will be costly.

When unsure of what actions must be done, call someone whom you feel have the insights or experience; or call to consult with appropriate departments like the Department of Labor immediately. Cooperate in executing appropriate actions and comply with the applicable regulations. Incorporate all results and suggestions into new guidelines that relate to the situation that will espouse better workplace environment; that will be free from toxic elements or similar. Creating well informed employees will advance your business to become better employment environment and customers will be happy as well.

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