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    Wendy225 Posts: 240, Reputation: 4
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    Jan 10, 2006, 10:37 PM
    I work in a Moldy building
    My question is,

    If I report to my place of business, its an old religious facility, built during the civil war, that I have been getting severe symptoms from the mold, what are my options, can they fire me, for this, what type of lawyer, should I seek, what can I do, I only work there 1 day out of my 5, the other 4 is at a building that is new, but there is no one to replace me, so it's not as easy as taking me off that day, is it hard to sue for getting sick from mold.
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    Jan 10, 2006, 10:59 PM
    They can't fire you for bringing up a concern.

    Try to discuss this with them. Perhaps they will fix the mold, or perhaps you can just work the 5th day in the new building.
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    Jan 11, 2006, 04:37 AM
    You can't be sure it's from the mold... but if it were me - I would probably not risk retaliation... so would give an anonymous letter to the Manager or to Human Resources - advising them that they need to get it cleaned up - and tested for toxicity - and a memo to employees to confirm they are addressing it... or that you will contact the appropriate local authority.

    If you go the legal angle - then find that your problems are not mold related - then I'd think you might risk the retaliation.
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    Jan 11, 2006, 10:46 AM
    Are you sure it is from the mold? My experience with mold cases is that the only people who are severely affected are the very young and the very old, and they suffer due to prolonged, constant exposure. Mold cases are tough, and very expensive to litigate. You need to take cultures, have them evaluated by an expert to determine which of the zillion types of mold you have, pay for a report, pay them to come to court in addition to fees from your medical experts, etc. This is compounded by the fact that most people make a recovery after being removed from the situation(reducing the main reason a lawyer will take your case... damages). For this reason, it will be very hard to find a lawyer.

    You may want to explore other options such as your union(if you belong to one) or regulatory organizations.
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    Jan 12, 2006, 06:41 AM
    HELP
    I Informed My Boss Of My Feeling Bad And Sometimes Sick Immediately After I Work That 1 Day Per Week There In The Moldy Building, They Fired Me 2 Hours Later, I Had A Perfect Recorde There For 13 Months.

    It Is An Old Civil War Era Jewish Temple, No Union, Now I May Not Have Any Other Course But Legal, I Don't Know, Thanks For Your Reply,:(
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    Jan 12, 2006, 06:48 AM
    Any company has an obligation to provide a safe working environment to their employees. Health & Safety is law and must be stuck to at all times. There is no way on earth they are allow to fire an employee for bringing up a health & safety concern, it is their job to fix it. They cannot fire you without a valid reason?

    Can you tell me what reason they gave you?

    I would pursue this - legal action is the right way to go. You have a strong case. I would talk to a solicitor for their advice. Don't let them get away with this.

    Don't forget you have right. Human rights, idividual rights & employee rights.
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    Jan 12, 2006, 07:06 AM
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    Hi,
    Another suggestion is that if you have a County Health Department, or State, call them. Talk with them about this.
    I do know there has been much said on the National Network TV news about mold in hospitals, workplaces, etc, that is a health hazard to some.
    Some are even allergic to it. If this was the reason you were fired, you definitely have a good case for legal action.
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    Jan 12, 2006, 07:14 AM
    Most definitely. Fight this all the way. I have ebery faith you will win and perhaps receive some course of compensation.
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    Jan 12, 2006, 07:16 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy225
    I Informed My Boss Of My Feeling Bad And Sometimes Sick Immediately After I Work That 1 Day Per Week There In The Moldy Building, They Fired Me 2 Hours Later, I Had A Perfect Recorde There For 13 Months.

    It Is An Old Civil War Era Jewish Temple, No Union, Now I May Not Have Any Other Course But Legal, I Don't Know, Thanks For Your Reply,:(
    What state are you in. Do you work for the building owner, or for a contractor working in the building?
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    Jan 12, 2006, 09:18 AM
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    I am in Ohio,

    The reason for the firing was that I discussed my illness and or problem with a congregant of the religious temple where I work.

    I have several sysmptoms from the mold, things that have only occurred since working in that particular temple, and only things, like headaches and such that occur after working there, so along with my other symptoms, I feel bad a lot at work, and people see me, and 1 person asked me what is wrong, I told them that I was sick and being treated for mold and that working in that building was the only place I know of where I encounter mold.

    So they fired me, when this congregant or as I call them a Temple member enquired into the mold, it is a known fact they have the mold, you smell it and see it as soon as you enter through the basement and kitchen into it, it is just that no one ever discusses it, except for the smell.

    So they fired me officially for talking to that member.
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    Jan 12, 2006, 09:26 AM
    Osha
    You have the right to report your company to OSHA, your complaint will be kept in private. Also you could report it to your employor, but of course they may not fire you for reporting that, but they could find you listed something on your application incorrectly and fire you for that.

    Or that you did... or...

    I worked for GA TECH some years ago. We got a new supervisor. Guess what the first three people she got rid of, was two people who had a law suit against the school and me who was a witness of the event.

    Of course it was not for the law suit we got fired, they "found" other reasons, but add it up and everyone knows the real reason.
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    Jan 12, 2006, 12:40 PM
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    Thanks for your reply also, I do plan to report them, but they already did fire me, within a very short time after complaining.

    Thanks

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