A group of hotel housekeepers in another state recently filed a purported class-action lawsuit against Marriott International, claiming the hotel chain willfully -- or even intentionally -- exposed them to toxic chemicals without training or personal protective equipment. That in itself is a big deal; the fine for violating federal hazardous workplace chemical regulations is $10,000 per day per worker exposed.
Sometimes it seems as if almost every company in almost every industry has to be constantly policed if they are to treat their employees lawfully, particularly when it comes to safety. If it does, it could be because we work with injured people a lot, so we don't get to see all the good companies who are doing their best.
Recently on this blog, we discussed the fact that it's possible for your workplace or job duties to expose you to toxic materials. Industrial chemicals, asbestos dust, microfibers, nanotechnology, chemical flavorings -- the list goes on and on.
You may have heard the phrase "toxic workplace" and assumed it meant something like "toxic relationship" -- until you started experiencing symptoms. The truth is, unaffected people seldom realize that a variety of work activities can literally expose them to an injury or illness they wouldn't otherwise have gotten.