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US Dept. of Labour charge Lear Corp., supplier to Hyundai, over allegations it threatened & harassed workers speaking out over health & safety

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17 April 2015

Feds Charge Alabama Hyundai Supplier with Obstructing Health and Safety Investigation

Author: Selma Workers Organizing Committee

An Alabama federal judge Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against a major supplier to Hyundai that had threatened workers who spoke out about health and safety concerns and fired a whistleblower. The judge’s decision came a day after the U.S. Department of Labor, in a decisive move to protect workers’ rights, charged Lear Corp., which manufacturers seats for Hyundai, with interfering in a federal investigation over dangerous conditions at its Selma, Ala., plant. The DOL’s complaint...charged the Hyundai supplier with “flouting the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s protections by threatening, frivolously suing, and suspending or terminating employees” who have spoken to federal investigators about health and safety concerns at the plant....The Selma facility manufactures foam cushions and headrests for Hyundai, which requires the use of the hazardous chemical TDI. 

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17 April 2015

Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

Author: Associated Press

A Selma-based Hyundai supplier is disputing allegations that it fired a whistleblower in a federal safety investigation. Lear Corp. on Friday said allegations of plant employees' exposure to the hazardous chemical TDI are false. The company says air in the plant has been tested by multiple independent parties. An order filed by the U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama blocked Lear and Renosol Seating from terminating, suspending, suing, threatening or retaliating against current or former employees. Lear says allegations are part of efforts by United Auto Workers to pressure the company into accepting a union at the plant. The company says it is not against unions and says half of its employees already are union members.

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