Former workers in a warehouse from another state claim they were fired after trying to take a five-minute break from work because of the heat in the warehouse. The workers say they complained about working conditions and safety at the warehouse, but the employer suspended them. They also claimed that the employer allowed unsafe forklift activity such as speeding.
These types of issues might be considered retaliation for complaining or trying to make working conditions safer. While this didn't happen in West Virginia, dangerous working conditions and illegal activity by employers could happen anywhere. The warehouse accused in this case reportedly supplied products to various large department stores and national brands.
Speaking with an experienced employment law attorney might be a wise decision for anyone who feels they are discriminated against or fired because they tried to make their workplace safer. Extreme heat can be very dangerous to employees.
Sometimes employer ignore complaints from employees and subject them to dangerous conditions. If an employee feels their safety might be at risk they might feel forced to quit if their employer doesn't take action. They might also fear being fired if they complain.
Speaking to an attorney can help ensure the person is not fired if they have not already been. If the person is fired, an attorney can work to seek compensation for lost wages and seek justice. An employer retaliation or wrongful termination lawsuit can possibly help prevent an employer from retaliating against another person for a similar situation.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Walmart Supplier Warehouse Workers Fired For Taking 5-Minute Break, They Say," Kathleen Miles, Aug. 22, 2013