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Region 2 News Release: 08-310-NEW/BOS 2008-088
Wed., March 19, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
United Parcel Service pays $254,000 to mechanic following whistleblower investigation by U.S. Labor Department's OSHA
NEW YORK -- As the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has paid $254,000 to a mechanic who was terminated by the delivery carrier after complaining about unsafe conditions in trucks at the company's Watertown, N.Y., garage.
The former employee filed complaints with OSHA alleging violations of the whistleblower provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. OSHA's investigation found merit to the complaints, and the agency informed UPS on Dec. 20, 2007, of this preliminary finding.
After receiving OSHA's findings, UPS elected to settle the case. In addition to paying the complainant the $254,000 in remedies, UPS will post OSHA whistleblower fact sheets in all its New York facilities and agrees that it will not in any manner interfere with, coerce or restrain its employees from exercising their rights under STAA and the OSH Act. In agreeing to the settlement, UPS neither admits nor denies the allegations of the complaint.
"Employees are entitled to raise legitimate workplace safety and health concerns without fear of termination or retaliation," said Louis Ricca Jr., OSHA's acting region