Federal Regulators Settle Whistleblower Case with Texas-Based Pilgrim's Pride
There are 1 comment on the Insurance Journal West story from Jul 4, 2012, titled Federal Regulators Settle Whistleblower Case with Texas-Based Pilgrim's Pride. In it, Insurance Journal West reports that:
The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a settlement agreement with Pilgrim's Pride Corp.
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#1 Jul 8, 2012
Good for the government. Pilgrim's Pride is a public leach. Uncle bailed out PP's Arkansas growers to the tune of $6-million.
Federal Regulators Settle Wh4istleblower Case with Texas-Based Pilgrims Pride
July 5, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a settlement agreement with Pilgrims Pride Corp. in Mount Pleasant, Texas, to resolve allegations that the company terminated an employee who raised environmental complaints, in violation of the whistleblower provision of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it initiated an investigation upon receiving a complaint from a manager for water reclamation at the companys chicken processing plant who had alerted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality when process and storm water containing excessive amounts of chromium, lead and mercury were discharged into the environment.
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According to the complainant, Pilgrims Pride stated that the TCEQ did not need to be notified and that sharing the information was not in the companys best interest, and consequently terminated the complainants employment.
Prior to OSHA issuing its investigative findings, the parties reached an agreement in which the employer will pay the complainant $50,000.
Pilgrims Pride also has agreed to post a notice to employees advising them of their whistleblower rights, purge any derogatory information in the employees personnel file directly related to the incident and provide a neutral job reference. In exchange, the employee will not seek reinstatement.
Any employee who believes he or she has been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the secretary of labor for an investigation by OSHAs Whistleblower Protection Program.
The U.S. Department of Labor does not release names of employees involved in whistleblower complaints.
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