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A Connecticut manufacturer has settled Whistleblower allegations about the termination of two workers.  The U.S. Department of Labor says Watertown-based Eastern Awning Systems  and its owner Stephen Lukos agreed to pay $160,000 to two discharged employees who filed safety and health complaints with OSHA.  The investigation found that the employer unlawfully fired the pair over the complaints.  In addition to ordering alleged back pay, interest, emotional, and exemplary damages, the judgment says the employer must not discriminate against employees who exercise their rights. The judgment also requires the employer to provide neutral letters of reference for the two discharged employees, and to post the judgment and notice of employees’ rights prominently at the workplace.

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