Occupational Safety & Health Reporter℠

DOL Sues Postal Service Over Firing of Injured Whistleblower

March 26, 2020, 7:35 PM

The U.S. Postal Service unlawfully threatened to terminate, and ultimately fired, a worker who reported an on-the-job injury, the Labor Department said in a federal lawsuit in California.

The DOL alleges that the Postal Service violated the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Gaurav Mehra was injured at work in June 2015 while he was still a probationary employee at USPS’s Modesto facility. After Mehra reported the injury to his direct supervisor, Michael Banda, Mehra was “threatened that he could...

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