Ohio bedbug infestation whistleblower to get $20K

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has ordered that a nonprofit organization responsible for a retirement community in southwest Ohio must pay back wages to a whistleblower who reported a bedbug infestation at the facility.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday announced that Federal Magistrate Judge J. Gregory Wehrman ordered S.E.M. Villa II Inc. to pay a former resident manager $20,000 in back wages.

A complaint against the company states that the employer dismissed the resident manager for notifying the Clermont County General Health District about the bedbug infestation.

The federal agency in a statement said the manager of the Milford facility was terminated in October 2011. The agency would not disclose the identity of the manager.

The facility’s attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

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