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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Oak Grove Power Plant Illegal Termination

Fluor and MMR Contractors agreed to resolve findings by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that the companies illegally terminated an employee at the Oak Grove Power plant in Franklin, Texas for complaints about safety and health issues. OSHA found the employee complained numerous times to his employer, MMR Contractors, and also to Fluor, the general contractor at the worksite, about an unsafe crane lift that exposed workers to possible death or serious injuries from being crushed or struck by the overhead crane load. Shortly after making the complaints, Fluor insisted MMR remove the worker from the worksite, and MMR complied. Both companies claimed the employee was terminated for disruptive behavior. OSHA argued the employee’s behavior was excused under the “leeway doctrine” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In lieu of litigation, MMR and Fluor agreed to pay the employee $17,500 in back wages; purge any reference to his termination from his personnel file; provide neutral employment references; and agree not to unlawfully retaliate against the crane operator, or any employee, for engaging in activities protected by Section 11© of the OSH Act.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Labor – OSHA
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
1/27/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Fluor Corporation Unknown
Further Information Released
OSHA Press Release 3/5/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database