Employee blows whistle on pallet services company after health concerns arise from mold hazards.
A whistleblower at an IFCO Services plant in Pennsylvania alerted OSHA about mold and electric hazards, leading the regulatory body to issue a $105,000 settlement after the company retaliated against the worker. From April 8 to June 13, 2014, the employee repeatedly informed IFCO, a pallet services company, about suspected mold growing behind filing cabinets in an office at the plant. For more than two months, the company took no action to correct the unhealthy working condition, despite admitting there was mold present. Instead, IFCO fired the woman less than three weeks after she complained again about her health concerns.