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Atlanta: Employees say they're forced to work amid bed bug infestation

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  1. crossroads

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Tue Jun 27 2017 21:20:30
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    Will this become the new normal?
    http://www.11alive.com/news/employees-say-theyre-forced-to-work-amid-bed-bug-infestation/451441739

    The technology company is called Wipro - a call center with about 600 employees in Chamblee, Ga. The facilities manager admits there is a bed bug problem and it’s been an issue since late May. Employees told 11Alive the bugs are all over the three floors - and they’re biting. But employees are being told they still must go to work.
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    11Alive asked the facilities manager how long this treatment process could take. She said they have 25 more treatments scheduled. “Could take three months, could take six months, it could take five, six years, who knows,” said Harris.

    Lawyers, start your engines!

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    Thu Jun 29 2017 0:50:50
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    Update: the staff are walking out, and local lawyers are generously offering some free advice to the company. Nice touch with the hazmat suit!

    http://www.11alive.com/news/local/employees-walk-off-the-job-at-bed-bug-infested-business/452910319

    Despite the problem, workers said they're still expected to show up for work. Instead, on Wednesday, dozens of workers walked off the job in frustration. One employee, who was wearing a hazmat suit to keep the bugs away, said he was fed up.
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    Lawyers 11Alive spoke to said Georgia law requires employers to have a safe workplace free of infestation, and recommended the company find a remedy "fast."

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    Another article with more from the same lawyer, bluntly warning Wipro to get a move on or else:

    http://www.11alive.com/news/health/lawyers-warning-to-bed-bug-infested-business-act-fast/451713523

    A local attorney says that hundreds of employees at a local business with a serious bed bug problem have a case... "I don't think it's satisfactory that the employer says they're working on it and it may take months or years to fix it and the employees are required and expected to come into the workplace every day and suffer insect bites," Buckley said.


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