Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tribune: Idaho Whistle-Blower Suing Clearwater Paper

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:45 AM

A former employee of Clearwater Paper, who says he was kicked to the curb after bringing employee safety concerns to the U.S. government, is battling his former employer in a federal courtroom.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Anthony Tenny says he was fired after telling the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about his concerns involving red cedar dust at Clearwater Paper's Lewiston sawmill.

Tenny says he was promoted several times by Clearwater Paper and given generally high performance ratings, but two months after he complained about the red cedar dust, he was suspended without pay and required to take a drug test before being fired in June 2010. But Tenny's attorney says her client passed the drug test and was still fired because of retaliation over his whistle-blower complaint.

Tenny is seeking reinstatement, in addition to $300,000 in damages and fees. But Clearwater Paper sold the Lewiston sawmill to the Idaho Forest Group after Tenny had been dismissed.

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