A Boulder, CO, sporting goods manufacturer violated federal law when it terminated an employee for insubordination after the worker reported safety concerns about a product the company was making.
As a result, TruBlue, LLC, doing business as Head Rush Technologies, must pay the former employee more than $125,000 in back wages and damages, and take other corrective actions, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The Boulder-based company retaliated against the employee in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after the worker suggested to the company’s chief executive they should conduct more safety research on zip-line equipment. Head Rush develops and manufactures products used for climbing, zip-line, free-fall and other recreational activities.
“An employee should feel and be free to exercise their rights under the law – especially when it comes to safety — without fear of retaliation by their employer,” said Gregory Baxter, regional OSHA administrator in Denver. “Our investigation and action on behalf of this worker underscores the agency’s commitment to take vigorous action to protect workers’ rights at Head Rush and elsewhere.”