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Lawsuit: Asbestos cover-up in Portland apartments


SHOWS FIVE CONFIRMED BY US CASES IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. JENNIFER: A PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY IS ACCUSED OF EXPOSING EMPLOYEES AND THOSE WHO LIVE THERE TO CANCER-CAUSING ASBESTOS, AND TRYING TO COVER IT UP. JEFF: OUR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GABRIELLE KAROL TAKES A LOOK INTO THE $40 MILLION LAWSUIT. GABRIELLE: TWO FORMER EMPLOYEES FILED THE LAWSUIT. THEY SAY THEY WERE FIRED, BECAUSE THE COMPANY WAS WORRIED THEY WOULD TELL MORE PEOPLE ABOUT THE ASBESTOS THAT WAS FOUND THIS SUMMER. A COUPLE WORKED FOR CAN DO PROPERTY MANAGEMENT IN SOUTHWEST PORTLAND. THOMPSON WORKED ON THE RENOVATION TEAM. HE SAYS HIS CREW DISCOVERED ASBESTOS ON THE SITE IN JUNE. WE NOTICED THERE WAS SOME SORT OF MICROFIBER HAIRS IN THE AIR THAT JUST LOOKED KIND OF ODD WHEN WE MADE IT INTO DUST AND TOUCHED IT. GABRIELLE: THOMPSON SAID HE AND HIS CREW PAID TO GET THE DRYWALL TESTED, WHICH SHOWED A POSITIVE RESULT FOR ASBESTOS. THOMPSON SAID MANAGEMENT DIDN’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT. SHE IMMEDIATELY STATED THIS IS GOING TO BE BAD. TOM – HE’S NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT THIS. GABRIELLE: THOMPSON SAID HE WAS FIRED ONE WEEK LATER — DEWEESE WAS LET GO ONE WEEK AFTER THAT. NEITHER SAID THEY WERE GIVEN A REASON WHY THEIR JOBS WERE TERMINATED. I BELIEVE THEY WERE IN FEAR FOR THEIR OWN COMPANY AND THE POSSIBILITY OF ME LETTING OTHERS KNOW ABOUT THE ASBESTOS AND WHAT ALL WAS HAPPENING. GABRIELLE: ATTORNEY MICHAEL FULLER REPRESENTS THE COUPLE. HE SAID THEY WERE RETALIATED AGAINST FOR BEING WHISTLEBLOWERS. WE BELIEVE FROM THE HIGHEST LEVELS TANDEM EXECUTIVES CONSPIRED TO HIDE ASBESTOS IN THE BUILDING. HIDE IT FROM RESIDENTS, EMPLOYEES, FROM THE GOVERNMENT. AND THEY WERE WILLING TO HIRE AT — WRONGFULLY TERMINATES AT LEAST A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE WE’RE AWARE OF IN ORDER TO DO THAT. GABRIELLE: FULLER SAID A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HIRED BY HIS LAW FIRM FOUND THAT THE COMPANY MOVED ASBESTOS THROUGH COMMON AREAS AT THE SYLVAN HIGHLANDS PROPERTY. OUR MULTIPLE CALLS AND VOICEMAILS TO TANDEM PROPERTY MANAGEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN RETURNED. IF YOU’RE A RESIDENT OF THE BUILDING, WE WANT TO SPEAK TO YOU. PLEASE MESSAGE US ON FACEBOOK OR SEND US AN EMAIL. LEARN HOW AT KOIN.COM. BACK TO YOU.

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Jack Youngblood

Sep 9, 2018, 5:42 am Reply

Oregon is a right to work state,not anything they can do.

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