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Oregon workers awarded $332K in on-site toilet fight

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:15 p.m. HST, May 22, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. >> Two workers who claimed they were forced to urinate in a bucket have been awarded $332,000 after a jury found they were fired for complaining to Oregon regulators about the lack of an on-site toilet.

The Oregonian reports that Douglas Eki and Xerxes “Jason” Doctolero told the state Occupational Safety and Health Division that they used the bucket because they couldn’t get to a toilet fast enough.

They testified that their employer, Menzies Aviation, refused to provide them with a toilet and that using the restrooms of nearby businesses wasn’t a solution because they were not welcome. The men performed mechanical work at Portland International Airport.

The state agency cited the company in August 2010 for failing to provide restrooms. The men were fired later that month.

A company lawyer contended the men were fired because they kept using the bucket after being told not to.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Now I heard everything.
on May 22,2012 | 04:52AM
soundofreason wrote:
Makes my brain hurt.
on May 22,2012 | 06:19AM
Usagi336 wrote:
This story makes me feel like I gotta go. Now where did I put that bucket.
on May 22,2012 | 09:15AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
The State of Hawaii HiOSH office would never have the guts to make such a common sense decision. Under the Lingle administration, HiOSH fined an unlicensed demolition company less than $2,000 for unsafe conditions that significantly caused an employee's death.
on May 22,2012 | 10:55AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Hey, we were given Brief Relief bags. Were they any different?
on May 22,2012 | 02:03PM
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