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Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer, Lloyd Industries Inc., and its owner William P. Lloyd, unlawfully terminated two employees because of their involvement in a safety investigation conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a jury decided.

An OSHA whistleblower investigation determined Lloyd Industries Inc. and Lloyd unlawfully fired the two employees in retaliation for engaging in protected activities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

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The verdict follows a lawsuit filed by the Department in March 2016. The court will determine damages in the trial’s second phase.

“The U.S. Department of Labor proved the employer unlawfully fired workers for participating in a safety inspection,” said Regional Philadelphia Solicitor Oscar L. Hampton III. “The jury agreed that the timing of these terminations was no mere coincidence and supported the workers’ legal right to a safe and healthy workplace.”

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OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, motor vehicle safety, healthcare reform, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws.

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