2 workers claim they were punished for asking about bed bugs at work

by nobugsonme on February 12, 2008 · 1 comment

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the workplace, government, jersey city, new jersey

The Jersey Journal reports (via nj.com) that Renée Meyers and Gail Krone, who work as cleaners at the County Administration Building on Newark Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey, asked a supervisor about whether there were bed bugs in the holding cells:

“All we wanted was someone to tell whether the holding cells in the Central Judicial Processing Court are infested with bed bugs,” said Meyers, a Hudson County Maintenance Department employee. “But instead of giving me an answer, my supervisor screamed ‘I hate you! I hate you!’ and refused to tell us anything about the situation.”

The cells were indeed treated for bed bugs back in December (prior to this conversation of 12/28), so perhaps it is a sensitive area for the management?

The women claim they were split up and given more work after asking about bed bugs.

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1 parakeets February 13, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Should an employee have to work in an environment with bedbugs? Do employers have to notify employees that the work environment has bedbugs or that a fellow employee has bedbugs and might be bringing them to the office? Does OSHA say anything about this? If an employee works in an environment with bedbugs and then gets them at home, does the employer have to pay for treatment?

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