Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Absolute Waste Removal
Penalty: 
$123,203
Year: 
2014
Date: 
April 24, 2014
Primary Offense: 
workplace whistleblower retaliation
Violation Description: 

Absolute Waste Removal was found in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for wrongfully terminating a truck driver for raising safety concerns during the reorganization of company routes. The company was ordered to reinstate the driver to his former position with all pay, benefits and rights, in addition to paying back wages of $23,203, plus interest. OSHA ordered the company to pay $50,000 in compensatory and $50,000 in punitive damages and reasonable attorney's fees.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Iowa
Facility City: 
Clear Lake
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