The US Department of Labor has reached an agreement with Blue Bird Corp., a Georgia-based school bus manufacturer, to pay more than $176,000 in back wages and interest to an employee who was terminated for raising safety concerns.
The case began when Blue Bird asked the worker to use a bucket lift truck to install Christmas wreaths.
The employee requested training in the operation of the equipment, resulting in a disagreement with management over whether the employee was trained. That disagreement led to the worker’s termination.
An OSHA whistleblower investigation found that the worker had been illegally terminated for refusing to work under unsafe conditions.