retaliated and destroyed for calling osha

i work for a major national freight trucking co.i have complained to my boss about severe safety violations to no avail.i contacted osha several times.my boss told me he was going to build a file against me to get me fired because i called osha.he has made my life unbearable at work,harrassing and writing warning letters and forcing supervisors under him to do the same. the violations have not been fixed. many co-workers have been injured with at least one fatality. i was recently injured after he put me in a dangerouse tractor he knew about. he denied my workmans comp.after5months i beat him in a hearing on my comp without a lawyer. i have suffered severe physical and emotional trauma because of him and am on anxiety meds. the company is fully aware of all going on and are daily violating many d.o.t. laws. the tractor he made me drive had an mvi safety sticker expired for 5 months. i told him. he made me drive it anyway although it had been previously written up as dangerous. i told him i would call d.o.t. and he told me i better watch my back because im fucking with the big boys now. i am still unable to work and my credit,assetts,family life and mental stability have been destroyed because i complained about safety.

1 answer  |  asked Mar 27, 2001 6:36 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

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Margaret A. Harris
You Should See A Lawyer

The allegations you raise are serious, and implicate federal laws that may provide you with some protection.
You are in a serious situation that screams out for legal advice.
According to your profile, you checked the box that said you do not want to pay for a consultation.
Don't be penny wise and pound foolish by relying on just internet advice;
talk to a real lawyer face-to-face, even if it means that you have to pay a consultation fee.
Don't you usually pay a doctor when you need medical advice?
See a lawyer before anything else happens, so that she or he can help you do some strategic planning.
Do not wait until you've been fired, because you may have missed some valuable opportunities to help yourself.
There are quite a few good employment lawyers who represent employees in the Dallas area. Some of them may be identified here on MEL's site.
A few names that come to mind immediately are Ken Molberg, Melody Mills, Janette Johnson, Steve Thorpe, Carla Hatcher, James Jones, and Yona Rozen.

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Mar 28, 2001 10:29 AM [EST]

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