Former tenant, employee files lawsuit against apartment management company

1 Oct 2018 by under Legal

home renovation flooring 100x100 Former tenant, employee files lawsuit against apartment management companyA former tenant of the Commons at in Oregon filed a class action lawsuit against her former landlord alleging management knowingly exposed tenants and workers to asbestos during renovations at the apartment complex. The lawsuit comes four days after two former employees filed a $40 million lawsuit against the complex’s management company claiming they were fired for bringing asbestos concerns to the attention of management.

Shana Maurer, who also worked for Sylvan Highland’s management company, Tandem Property Management, says she learned during renovations at the complex where she lived that some apartments had tested positive for asbestos. She is concerned she may have been exposed to the carcinogen while living there. Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used in building materials until the 1980s. It is often found in older buildings.

If disturbed, like during renovations, the microscopic fibers of asbestos can go airborne and pose serious health risks for those in close vicinity. Asbestos has been linked to the chronic lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and , a rare but deadly type of cancer that forms in the lining of internal organs. It can take decades for asbestos cancer to develop. Once diagnosed, the disease often proves deadly within a year or two.

Maurer quit her job with Tandem and moved out of the Sylvan Highland’s apartment in August after fears about asbestos exposure. Her lawsuit does not specify a dollar amount, but does ring similar to a lawsuit filed by two previous Tandem employees, Khataun Thompson and his fiancé Alyssa DeWeese, who claim they brought concerns about asbestos in the building to the attention of management on at least two occasions, including a test that showed asbestos in the drywall. The couple claims that the company failed to properly address the issue, instead firing both employees for sounding the alarm.

The company is currently under investigation by the Bureau of Labor and Industries and the Oregon Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA).

Sources:
Oregon Live
myMeso

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