An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirmed allegations that the Postal Service discriminated and retaliated against a Seattle employee who helped a co-worker file a safety complaint. The Department of Labor is now in the rare situation of suing the Postal Service for violating federal whistleblower protection laws.
OSHA's Regional Administrator, Dean Ikeda said that in the past four years they have received 24 complaints but this is only the second time they have filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service. Of those 24 complaints, Ikeda said half were dismissed without merit but a handful were settled out of court. "In this case we found merit and (the Postal Service) refused to settle out of court." The Postal Service chose not to comment for this story.
Ikeda said the number of Postal Service employee complaints OSHA receives is representative of the country: "This is something we take very seriously. Hostility and retaliation against whistleblowers are simply unacceptable."