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Whistleblower Sues Oregon DMV, Alleging Retaliation Over Sexual Harassment Complaints

A Salem, Oregon woman has filed a whistleblower complaint against the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, accusing the agency of retaliating against her for reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. The whistleblower complaint was filed in Marion County Circuit Court Nov. 8 by a woman who worked for the Oregon DMV as a document specialist. The plaintiff’s position was a temporary one, but she was interviewing last year for a permanent position as office specialist within the DMV. It was on Dec. 8, after her second interview, that she says her troubles at the DMV began. According to the Salem ... Read More

Renovators of historic hotel cited for improper handling of asbestos

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries fined three companies involved in renovations of the historic Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane nearly $140,000 for mishandling toxic asbestos in the old hotel. Curtis Rystadt purchased the building for $1.4 million in June 2017. His company, Hos and Boz LLC, and Santiago’s Handyman Services, both of Oregon, were hit with a $24,500 fine for violating eight serious and three general worker safety rules, and an additional $45,000 for serious violations regarding hazardous materials. Both companies have appealed the fines. Kent, Washington-based 4 Aces Restoration was hit with a $200 fine for ... Read More

Supreme Court allows climate change lawsuit to proceed

A group of young people suing the U.S. government over climate change can have their day in court, the Supreme Court ruled. The case was put on hold last month just before it was slated to go to trial in late October in a federal district court in Eugene, Oregon. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the case. The landmark lawsuit was brought by 21 people ranging in age from 11 to 22 who say the federal government violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by failing to protect them against climate change. Specifically, the ... Read More

California’s Lax Lead-Poisoning Laws Leave Workers Unprotected

California’s lack of a lead-poisoning benchmark for workers and the reluctance of state agencies to adopt tougher rules governing lead exposure in the workplace have become a serious occupational hazard, the Los Angeles Times reports. Unlike the majority of other states, California hasn’t adopted the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standard for lead, which sets a “red line” of 25 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Under the standard, any reading above that level automatically triggers an OSHA inspection of the workplace. California, however, lacks a lead-poisoning benchmark that would prompt an inspection by the California Division ... Read More

Oregon Teen Sues McDonald’s Over Burn Injuries

An Oregon teen is suing McDonald’s alleging an employee of at one of the fast-food chain’s Madras, Oregon-area restaurants spilled scalding hot water on her, causing severe burns to her abdomen and lower body. The lawsuit, filed Oct. 4 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, claims the water that the McDonald’s employee allegedly served and spilled was unreasonably hot and caused the 14-year-old girl to suffer “partial thickness burns” to her midsection and lower body, Willamette Week reports. The scalding water damaged the teen’s epidermis – the outer layer of skin, as well as the dermis layer underneath. These “second-degree” burn ... Read More

Parents of football player who suffered concussion sue school district for $38 million

Athletic officials at Hermiston High School in Oregon failed to treat a 15-year-old’s concussion following a helmet-to-helmet collision during a junior varsity football game in September 2016, and allowed the boy to play four days later despite lingering symptoms of his brain injury. During that game, the boy suffered repeated blows to the head, which knocked him unconscious, exacerbating his earlier concussion and resulting in permanent brain damage. As a result, the boy’s parents are suing the Hermiston School District for $38 million. The lawsuit was filed in the Umatilla County Circuit Court. Connor Martin was 15 when he suffered ... Read More

Oregon Family Sues Delta, Aeromexico Over Plane Crash Injuries

An Oregon family that survived a July 31 Aeromexico airplane crash is taking the airline and its partner Delta Air Lines to court, alleging they were negligent in decisions pilots made that day. Colleen McCormick, her husband Donald Hudson, and their four children were on Aeromexico Flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City when a storm moved into the area. Angel Hudson, who was on the Aeromexico flight with her dad, stepmom, and siblings, told Portland, Oregon’s KOIN News that the plane taxied on the runway and stopped. Ms. Hudson said she thought the plane was going to wait out ... Read More

High Lead Levels Prompt Detroit to Shut All Public School Taps

Dangerously high levels of lead in the Detroit public school system have prompted the city’s Public Schools Superintendent to order the taps in all of the city’s 106 public schools to be closed. Students who started school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, were provided water from coolers and bottled water. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti took over Michigan’s largest school district last year after it had been under state management for years.  He ordered the testing of every water outlet in every public school building in the spring – a decision motivated largely by the water crisis in the neighboring city of Flint ... Read More

Lawsuit Involving Fatal Tire Explosion Revived by Oregon Appeals Court

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by an Air Force officer whose wife was killed by an exploding tire has been revived by the Oregon Court of Appeals. U.S. Air Force Captain Scott Wilcox claims in his lawsuit that a Toyo tire made by Toyo Holdings of America and sold to him by Les Schwab Tire Center of Oregon in 2014 was defective and caused his wife Jenna’s death in the U.K. in March 2010, The Oregonian reported. Twenty-seven-year-old Jenna Wilcox, also an Air Force Captain, had just returned to the U.K. from a tour of Afghanistan where she had survived ... Read More

Giant Hogweed Plant Leaves Virginia Teen With Third-Degree Facial Burns

A Virginia teen is recovering from third-degree burn injuries he developed after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed plant while working a landscaping job. Alex Childress, 17, of Spotsylvania, was clearing vegetation on the job July 12 when he thought he was feeling the effects of a sunburn on his face. He continued working throughout the day, not realizing the actual danger he was in, Newsweek reports. When he returned home, he took a shower and found the skin on his face and arm was peeling away, much like it would after a severe sunburn. His mother, a nurse ... Read More