LAFAYETTE, La. -A Lafayette construction and transportation company and its owner have agreed to pay a whistleblower Fifteen Thousand dollars in damages plus back pay, attorneys fees and reinstatement to his job. The U.S. Attorney's office announced this morning a settlement with D.G Construction and Hauling and its owner, Brett Deshotels, who fired a truck driver after the driver reported equiptment defects and refused to drive due to safety concerns. The un-named driver filed a federal civil suit against Deshotel and his company in August of last year.
More information on OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program is available at: https://www.whistleblowers.gov/ Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. To learn more about OSHA visit the website: https://www.osha.gov/