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Possible asbestos exposure at a school results in legal struggle

Minnesota employers, like all others in the nation, are obligated to inform workers of possible injury risks associated with their jobs. They must also provide appropriate training and equipment to keep workers as safe as possible. A situation in another state is growing more contentious by the day. It involves a construction project at a school and possible asbestos exposure.

One of the workers on the project apparently filed a report stating that removal of asbestos at the school was not being done according to code. The same employee says he was terminated from his position a day after filing the report. He also claims threats were made against him.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reportedly launched an immediate investigation. Officials from the department say there is evidence to suggest that the whistleblower's claims have merit. The situation led to a jury's verdict that the employer was guilty of violating the worker's rights.

Asbestos exposure is known to have serious, often fatal, health effects. Minnesota workers and others are protected with the right to report potential hazards or situations placing employees or the public at risk for harm without worrying about losing their jobs or suffering personal safety threats. A Minnesota attorney experienced in asbestos litigation can provide support to anyone facing such problems in the workplace. A good first step to take is to arrange a meeting to discuss the problem and develop a plan for documenting evidence and bringing the matter to the court's attention, if necessary.

Source:, "Improper Asbestos Removal Practices Leads to Whistleblower Claims", Stefanie Valentic, Dec. 11, 2017

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