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  1. Hello Findlaw community, I work at a retirement home in Ohio that has gone through some management changes over the past couple years. Along with these changes came a slew of problems that weren't present before the new bosses came in, and I believe that these problems stem from employer negligence. The amount of problems that have actually occurred are too vast for me to include, and many involve co-workers whose issues I don't wish to bring into this post (one is currently in a lawsuit with the company, and another recently settled a lawsuit). Still, there is a lot in this post and I understand it may be too much to read. But I would greatly appreciate someone with knowledge/experience in this type of case to take a look at what I have to say and let me know if any or all of these problems sound like employer negligence and what I can do to resolve it. Some of these problems include: -Significant errors on paychecks that take weeks or months to resolve. When payment errors are taken to the HR department, employees are told to go to payroll. When they go to payroll, employees are told to go to HR. When they go back to HR, employees are told to go to their direct manager. When employees go to their direct manager, they are told they can't do anything about it now but will get back to them later, and they should go to HR/payroll (or that they're wrong about the error). Weeks/months later the issue is resolved, only to occur again. One employee had nearly $800 taken out of their Paid Time Off balance without her consent, and nearly a month later the issue is finally being looked at. This employee had to remind her direct manager numerous times to fix it, and at first the manager insisted she knew nothing about the issue and just shrugged it off. There are MANY other instances of this sort of thing, and several others involving this same employee alone. Her paychecks are consistently wrong, at least once every month or two, and are never resolved in a timely manner. -Hazardous conditions in workplace that aren't resolved when brought to management's attention. For years I've been telling management they need to have MSDS sheets near their hazardous chemicals, and for years I've been ignored. Last month they were finally hit with a citation by the US Department of Labor, but I still don't see any MSDS sheets. We've also had between 7-9 people slip and fall and sustain injury, but management blames the accidents on us because "we aren't wearing non-slip shoes" when the problem is really shoddy plumbing they refuse to fix. Well, last month they were hit with another citation by the US Department of Labor that states "Employers will provide non-slip shoes at no cost to the employee." They still refuse to purchase employees non-slip shoes and insist we must buy them ourselves. They said the shoes are covered in our uniform allowance, but that allowance is only $17 and doesn't cover the cost of shoes along with aprons, shirts, and pants that get torn/spotted with bleach easily. For the record, last month the company as a whole was hit with NINE citations, five of which were considered serious, three or four were for the dining department alone. -Poor working conditions. We have a serious roach infestation, and we've had it for years. Mind you, I work in the dining room of a RETIREMENT HOME. We also have flies and gnats that fly in swarms throughout the kitchen, get inside the juice and ice cream machines (with the roaches), cover the walls of the kitchen/dining room, and have been found in the food more frequently than they should have been. We also have a rat or two and have found rat droppings in the drawers and cabinets in the dining room. Once, a rat ran through the dining room in front of the residents, to their horror. We also have a huge bedbug problem and they can be found on the tables in the dining room, in the store room, in the resident's rooms/apartments, and all throughout the campus. Needless to say, the bedbugs have spread to employees and their homes as well, causing their furniture to be thrown out and in some cases replaced (at their expense, of course). The first aid kit is never stocked and it's located inside of an office we're not allowed to go inside. That office is always locked and the managers can never be found to let someone in to retrieve a bandaid or burn ointment. Because all of the managers leave before the rest of the employees (2 hours before us), if any of us get cut or burned towards the end of our shift we are unable to reach the first aid kit. Since we are in a dining room, it is PARAMOUNT for us to cover up our wounds, but that's impossible to do when the kit is behind locked doors and the managers are already at home watching TV. Last year we had a door to the annex kitchen that was broken, which created a dangerous environment for the servers because it would swing open very quickly and hit servers in the back, face, and arms or cause us to drop and break our plates (our Annex kitchen is too small and awkwardly organized for us to fit in there comfortably). I brought the door to management's attention several times and it took them one entire year to fix it. It broke again shortly afterwards and took a few months to get replaced for the second time. The garbage disposal needs to be replaced, and has needed to for a few years. It doesn't drain most of its water, so the water that is in there is about 3 years old and stagnant. Because we use bleach and Lime Away in that sink (the only industrial sink we have in that room), that all goes down the drain and stays there. For the record, when Lime Away and bleach mix together they create ammonia and chlorine gas; the former stays in the drain for years and the later gets inside the dishwasher's lungs. I've brought the disposal to management's attention numerous times but they have yet to replace it. For a while there was no screen for it either, so when silverwear was dropped in there the dishwasher would have to stick his/her hands in the garbage disposal and the stagnant water/ammonia to retrieve it. Also, when the disposal overflowed (because it doesn't drain water) the dishwasher would have to take a cup and stick his/her hands in that water/ammonia to drain the disposal manually. They finally put a screen on it, but it's inadequate at best (and took several complaints to get them to put one on there). They "fixed" the disposal so now it actually drains some water, but it's only a matter of time before it breaks again (and it took them 2 years to actually "fix" it). We only have one working mop bucket for two kitchens to use, one dust pan, two brooms (one is broken in half), and our equipment frequently breaks down. Equipment includes ice cream machines, juice machines, and the automatic dishwasher. When brought to management's attention, they do nothing abo ...[Message truncated]
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