DOL Sues Postal Service Alleging Whistleblower Retaliation

By Scott Flaherty (July 15, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Postal Service retaliated against a Missouri employee and falsely accused him of making a terrorist threat after he reported unsafe working conditions, the U.S. Department of Labor alleged in a lawsuit announced Monday.

The DOL said in a statement Monday that it has sued the USPS in Missouri federal court, alleging the Postal Service retaliated against longtime employee Thomas Purviance in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act's whistleblower provisions.

The suit said that Purviance, who had spent 35 years with the Postal Service and worked most recently at the St. Louis Network Distribution Center in Hazelwood, Missouri,...

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