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Region 4 News Release: 10-1635-ATL (639)
Nov. 23, 2010
Contact: Michael D'Aquino Michael Wald
E-mail: D'Aquino.Michael@dol.gov Wald.Michael@dol.gov
Phone: 404-562-2076 404-562-2078

US Labor Department's OSHA orders Columbia, SC, real estate company to
reinstate whistleblower and pay more than $50,000 in back wages
Company found in violation of Clean Air Act

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered CMM Realty Inc. to reinstate a worker who was fired in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Clean Air Act.

The company must pay back wages of more than $50,000, which accumulates weekly while the employee is out of work, and interest plus $16,222 in compensatory damages. The worker was terminated after he expressed concerns to management and two state agencies about exposure to asbestos at one of the company's condominium properties in Columbia., S.C.

"OSHA is very serious about protecting America's workforce," said Cindy A. Coe, OSHA's regional administrator in Atlanta, Ga. "Employers found in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Clean Air Act or any of the 20 whistleblower laws we enforce will be held fully accountable."

Based on the worker's complaint, the South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control inspected the condominiums, found that CMM Realty was in violation of asbestos control standards and issued citations against the company.

CMM Realty Inc. is a real estate management corporation primarily engaged in renting, buying, managing and appraising real estate for others. Located in Columbia, S.C., the company employs approximately 50 workers.

Either party to the case may file an appeal with the Labor Department's O