USPS has employee arrested for terrorism after he reports carbon monoxide leak

oshaKMOX St Louis reports that the US Postal Service had a maintenance employee arrested on terrorism charges after he reported a carbon monoxide leak. It happened at the St Louis Network Distribution Center in Hazlewood MO. Now OSHA has filed a lawsuit against the USPS, demanding that the agency reimburse the worker for his losses.

The TV station says the unnamed worker “reported unsafe working conditions and suffered reprisals, including false charges of making a terrorist threat”.

The story doesn’t name the employee, or identify the postal official(s) responsible for the false terrorism charge.

The story quotes Marcia Drumm, acting regional administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

The Postal Service not only disciplined this long-term employee for reporting unsafe working conditions, but also pursued a baseless criminal complaint against him resulting in his detention by law enforcement and the disparagement of his reputation. No American worker should be subject to such treatment. The department will do everything in its power to prevent this type of unlawful retaliation against workers who report unsafe working conditions.

Read more: False Charges, Reprisals Against Post Office Worker Prompts Anti-Retaliation Lawsuit « CBS St. Louis.

  • Billy Jay

    And THAT is how the Post Office handles it’s employees, booting them out the door for minor offenses, then adding baseless charge upon baseless charge to try to get something stick, punishing the person by having them on unpaid leave, with a 50/50 chance of getting back to work via the arbitration process, which does wonders for the person’s stress levels. This story tops all other bogus discipline charges I have seen in the past, though.

  • Grieving Griff

    The only ones in the PO that should be charged with terrorism are the maniacal, non-professional, unqualified, abusive mis-managers that run the place with fear and discipline.

  • Guest

    USPS is managed by stupid management.

  • Allen M. Pferschy Jr.

    Management was one big reason I took the buyout in 2013.

  • freecountry

    And then the world wonders why a postal employee loses it and walks in with a gun…

  • Mark

    I’m going through something like that right now. Have a Post Master who likes to get phycial with employees, bullies and belittles every chance she gets. Reported all the times 6+ and still nothing, Congressmen King is getting a visit. I called the district Mgr. to the carpet and he is blowing smoke up my rearend at the moment. Everyone trying to push it under the rug. Well guess what, I’m not intimadated by anyone in this company and I’m going to stick up for those who are afraid of reprisal here. I’m shooting for complete removal based on the amount of times and the zero tolorance policy put in place by Mgt!

  • Mark

    Hello, my name is “thorn in Managments-side”……but then I have ties to the White House, really!

  • Andres Elaine

    The point that pisses me off about pointless offenses is that those are the ones that always get up to arbitration level. USPS has to do something about the arbitration level because it is entirely “TOO long” of a wait for things to get done.