Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
More than $3 Billion Recovered For Our Clients

Woman was fired for raising asbestos concerns, lawsuit claims

A former employee of a career and technical school has filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging that she was fired because she raised concerns about asbestos exposure in school buildings and the potential effects of that exposure on students and staff. School officials deny the allegations, stating that performance issues and violations of school policies were the reasons for the employee's firing.

According to the lawsuit, the employee learned of the asbestos exposure from a 2009 independent investigation, which found that several teachers and students may have been exposed to asbestos while remodeling a school-owned home. The investigation reported that school administrators were aware of the asbestos contamination, but took little effective action to warn people of the potential exposure.

After learning of the asbestos exposure in the home and in other school buildings, the employee and another teacher began attending joint operating committee meetings to voice their concerns about the asbestos. Both were disciplined, the lawsuit claims, and the employee was suspended for 10 days in early 2010.

Following her suspension, the employee's job duties and ability to perform those duties were significantly diminished. In June, she was given a poor job evaluation, setting off a chain of events that led to her suspension without pay in August 2010 and fired the following November. It is not known if the other teacher suffered similar harm.

According to the lawsuit, the woman was not given any proof of her poor job performance or an opportunity to correct her alleged deficiencies prior to her firing. She is seeking punitive damages.

Source: The Express-Times, "Former Bethlehem vo-tech employee claims she was fired over concerns about asbestos," Sara K. Satullo, Oct. 27, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why Choose Gori Julian?

  1. Experience

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

  2. Results

    The team at Gori Julian fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

  3. Team Approach

    We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

  4. Faster Trial Dates

    We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. Gori Julian works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More

Watch Our Video

Watch More In Our Video Center >


Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice
ABA - Defending Liberty - Purusing Justice Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get a Free Case Review Today

Gori Julian News

Gori Julian & Associates and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

Read More >

In The Community

Gori Julian & Associates and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

More Community & Events >

Read Our White Paper

A Continuing Threat: How Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today >

Edwardsville Office
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville Law Office Map

Washington, DC Office
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW,
10th Floor

Washington, DC 20009
Washington Law Office Map

New Orleans Office
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
909 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
3848 Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Torrance Law Office Map

St. Louis Office
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
1133 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
St. Louis Law Office Map

New York Office
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
360 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
New York Law Office Map

Orlando Office
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
37 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando Law Office Map

Alton Office
Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.
500 E 6th Street
Alton, IL 62002
Alton Law Office Map

Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day 888-362-6890
Close X

Contact Us For A Free Case Assessment

Back To Top