On November 3, 2007, in Auburn, New York, a lawsuit was filed in Cayuga County by a group of 16 workers against their employer over allegations of exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos is an inclusive term that represents a number of different carcinogenic fibers known to have a direct link to asbestosis and mesothelioma, a serious cancer. It is estimated that asbestos claims as many as 10,000 American lives each year. Asbestos-related diseases can incubate in the human body for years, sometimes decades, growing slowly and virtually undetected until it is too late. It is estimated that asbestos claims as many as 10,000 American lives each year. Asbestos fibers have also been known to migrate via clothing and tools to workers homes, exposing entire families to the deadly carcinogen.
The suit alleges that day-to-day operations were allowed to continue in the Board of Elections Building while a boiler was being replaced in the basement, in February of last year. The workers’ petition asserts that asbestos distressed, and subsequently removed illegally by workers directly involved with the project provided a hazardous environment for the remainder of the people in the building, who claim to have been exposed to asbestos over a period beginning February 2006, and ending August 2006. Plaintiffs of this lawsuit include Republican Election Commissioner Cherl Heary as well as deputy commissioners Thomas Prystal and Deborah Calarco. Further, the lawsuit argues that employees were denied their civil rights, not to mention a safe place to work, and blames the County for injuries and loss of quality of life for the plaintiffs, who seek actual and punitive damages as well as legal fees and costs.
To learn more, contact the Mesothelioma Lawyers at Williams Kherkher at 1.800.220.9341.