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Ex-workers allege Leafguard fired them for reporting OSHA regulations

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By Carrie Bradon | Jul 23, 2019

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CHICAGO — Four workers are suing their former employer, alleging that they were unfairly terminated due to their efforts to report alleged OSHA violations.

Abel Brabila, Juan Camacho, Jesus Gonzalez and Kevin Densmore filed a complaint July 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Leafguard Holdings Inc., alleging violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), unsafe work practices, retaliation, wrongful termination and violation of the Illinois Whistleblower Act. 

According to the complaint, the four plaintiffs were employed as lead installers by Leafguard Holdings until they were terminated in April 2019. The suit alleges the defendant failed to keep the plaintiffs up to date on their OSHA training and certification and allegedly instructed the plaintiffs to work in a manner that was contrary to OSHA. 

When the plaintiffs said they questioned the work environment, they alleged they were threatened with termination if they did not perform what they were told to do. The men said they were all terminated April 16, after a compliance officer allegedly condcuted an investigation of the defendant's practices.

The plaintiffs seek trial by jury, compensatory damages, punitive damages, economic damages, attorney fees, court costs and other relief. They are represented by attorney Jeffrey Friedman of the Law Offices of Jeffrey Friedman PC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2019-L-007277

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