Capitol Workers Reach Asbestos Settlement
Washington - Ten U.S. Capitol workers have settled their case against the Architect of the Capitol after claiming systemic retaliation following their decision to publicly report asbestos exposure in the tunnels where they work.
Late last year the workers complained that they were suffering from the affects of asbestos exposure from high levels of asbestos found within the tunnels.
In a complaint filed with the Congressional Office of Compliance, they claimed that shortly after they released details about a lack of protection from asbestos in the tunnels, they were labeled as troublemakers and faced termination from their employer.
In addition they stated that x-rays showed some of the workers had developed lung spots that could indicate an asbestos induced disease.
Though details of the settlement were not released, both sides acknowledge the settlement does not cover compensation for workers suffering from asbestos induced diseases.
The steamfitters maintain pipelines that provide steam and chilled water to a number of federal buildings including Congress and The Supreme Court and during the summer, temperatures within the pipelines can reach 130 degrees.
The workers plan to go before Congress to request compensation for lung problems developed as a result of their exposure.
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