A federal court has ordered S.E.M. Villa II Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates S.E.M. Terrace, a retirement facility in Milford, Ohio, to pay a former resident manager $20,000 in back wages in a whistleblower case.
The complaint alleged that the employer terminated the resident manager for filing a complaint with the Clermont County General Health District stating that S.E.M. Villa II had been ineffective in handling a bedbug infestation at the retirement home.
The manager was dismissed Oct. 5, 2011. Federal Magistrate Judge J. Gregory Wehrman ordered the company to remove all derogatory information related to the dismissal from the worker’s employment record and to comply with the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 in the future.
The company must also post a notice for workers regarding their rights under the act.
The department’s Regional Office of the Solicitor in Cleveland litigated the case.