Maintenance manager orders asbestos test, fired

LIVE AT MOUNT, I AM EILEEN PARK. BACK TO YOU. JEFF: A Serviceman WHO SAYS HE BLEW THE WHISTLE ON ASBESTOS IN A PORTLAND APARTMENT COMPLEX, SAYS HE WAS FIRED IN RETALIATION. JENNIFER: WE’VE BEEN COVERING THIS STORY SINCE SEPTEMBER, FORMER EMPLOYEES AT THE COMMONS AT SYLVAN HIGHLANDS COMPLEX SAY TANDEM PROPERTY MANAGEMENT WAS INVOLVED IN A COVER-UP OF ASBESTOS. OUR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GABRIELLE KAROL HAS THIS INTERVIEW YOU’LL SEE ONLY ON KOIN 6. GABRIELLE: JASON EATON TELLS ME WAS PROMOTED MULTIPLE TIMES AND GIVEN AWARDS OVER THE 3 Times HE Labor FOR TANDEM PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, BUT HE SAYS HIS TREATMENT CHANGED SUDDENLY, AFTER HE DISCOVERED ASBESTOS ON THE JOB.NOT A LOT OF SLEEP IT’S BEEN HARD. I’M KIND OF RELIEVED THEY FIRED ME, BECAUSE I MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET SOME SLEEP NOW. EATON SAYS HE HAS BEEN MISTREATED ON A DAILY BASIS SINCE HIS TEAM DISCOVERED A WEIRD MATERIAL WHILE WORKING AT THE COMMONS AT SYLVAN HIGHLANDS, HE SAYS HE DIRECTED AN EMPLOYEE TO GET THE MATERIAL TESTED FOR ASBESTOS, HIS LAWYER SENT US A COPY OF THAT TEST, WHICH CAME BACK POSITIVE. IT WAS WELL OVER THE LEGAL EXPOSURE AMOUNT REQUIRED TO WHAT WE COULD HAVE OR DEAL WITH OR WORK WITH. EATON SAID HE WAS FIRED YESTERDAY, WHICH HE Accepts WAS IN RETALIATION, A BUREAU OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIES COMPLAINT FILED BY ANOTHER FORMER EMPLOYEE SAID THAT AFTER THE ASBESTOS WAS REPORTED TO OSHA, A TANDEM EXECUTIVE BEGAN TO BULLY AND THREATEN EATON, CREATING A STRESSFUL WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR EATON AND THE REST OF THE STAFF. THEY’RE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING AND HAVING INTEGRITY. THAT IS WHAT I’VE DONE SINCE DAY 1 ABOUT THIS. AND I SUFFERED BECAUSE I HAVE INTEGRITY.GABRIELLE: TANDEM PROPERTY MANAGEMENT HAS NOT RESPONDED TO OUR MULTIPLE REQUESTS FOR AN INTERVIEW, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TOLD ME TANDEM WAS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF AN ASBESTOS SURVEY LAST WEEK. AT THIS Moment NO PROOF HAS BEEN PROVIDED, BACK TO YOU. JEFF: I KNOW YOU WILL KEEP US UPDATED ON THIS STORY. IF YOU HAVE A TIP FOR GABRIELLE.

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