A Boulder sporting goods manufacturer has to shell out a large chunk of money to a former employee for retaliating against the worker.
According to OSHA, the employee was terminated for insubordination after reporting safety concerns about climbing, zip-line equipment and suggesting more safety research be done on the products.
OSHA found the Boulder-based company violated the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act by firing the employee for making the suggestion.
“An employee should feel and be free to exercise their rights under the law – especially when it comes to safety –without fear of retaliation by their employer,” said Gregory Baxter, regional OSHA administrator in Denver.
OSHA ordered TruBlue, LLC, which was doing business as Head Rush Technologies, to pay the former employee more than 125,000 dollars in back wages and damages.
The company can still file an objection within 30 days of the agency's order.
Employees who believe that they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the secretary of labor.