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Environmental whistleblower seeks day in court

A former employee of OE Construction Corp. has sued the Golden excavator for wrongful termination and harassment he claims resulted after he blew the whistle on the company’s tampering with emissions controls on its heavy equipment.

Justin Slocum, in a complaint filed Thursday in Jefferson County District Court, said he refused OE Construction’s repeated requests to modify pollution control software on its excavating equipment and eventually reported the violations to state inspectors.

“He wants to tell what happened to a jury. He wants to stop this type of conduct from occurring,” said Siddhartha Rathod, a Denver attorney specializing in employment law and civil rights cases who is representing Slocum.

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