As part of the healthcare recruitment cycle, the National Labor Relations Board is currently investigating the claims of former employees that the National Health Care Workforce Development Corporation (NHCTDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have retaliated against them for complaining about unsafe working conditions and harassment.
According to the lawsuit filed on Monday in federal court in Boston, the plaintiffs are former employees who say they were forced to take unsafe shifts and work on overtime hours to avoid retaliation.
The suit says that NHCTDC employees allegedly had to work in a state-of-the-art facility in a crowded and dangerous facility and that the company also routinely forced women to work more hours than men.
The suit alleges that these and other abuses have been ongoing for at least five years.
According the plaintiffs’ complaint, the NHCTCD has denied the allegations.
It said in a statement on Monday that it “has repeatedly taken steps to address workplace safety and has made safety improvements in all of its facilities and facilities-of all sizes throughout the country.
The NHCTCDC also took additional actions to improve safety in facilities across the country during its investigation into these allegations.
The lawsuit does not allege that the NHCFDC and the NHCHDC have retaliating against the plaintiffs for complaining.”
A spokesperson for NHCTDD said the agency “will defend vigorously against any allegation of any wrongdoing, and we look forward to our day in court.”
The lawsuit filed by the NHCDDC, the NIH and the plaintiffs alleges that the NIHD and NHCTD violated the National Occupational Safety and Health Act by allowing the NHCA to hire employees without being certified as qualified health care professionals and by requiring the NHCHDC to provide inadequate training.
The NIHD, for its part, said in an emailed statement that it was “working with our lawyers to support these employees in this ongoing lawsuit.”
The NHCTDA and the NIHC said in their statement that they “will vigorously defend” the lawsuit and that they are “reviewing the allegations.”
The NIHC added that it has “established and implemented an internal review and investigation to determine what additional steps were taken to ensure that these claims are substantiated.”
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