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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Whistleblower Files First Amendment Lawsuit, Alleging Retaliation for Reporting Safety Violations to the FAA

CLEVELAND, OHIO - Two years after his unceremonious removal from the Field-Maintenance Manager post at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, Mayfield Heights resident Abdul-Malik Ali today filed an amended lawsuit in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Ali, who on February 18, 2015 told the Federal Aviation Administration about how the Airport was systematically failing to meet FAA-mandated staffing levels for its snow-and-ice-removal operations-and who was booted from his job the very next day-claims that there is an undeniable connection between these two events. He seeks reinstatement to his former position as well as economic and non-economic damages caused by the Airport's retaliatory actions.

OSHA determines demotion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport manager was retaliatory

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has informed the City of Cleveland that OSHA has determined that there is "reasonable cause to believe" that Chandra Law's client Abdul Malik-Ali was demoted in retaliation for reporting unsafe conditions on the runways at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The city has 10 days to respond, and was invited to propose settlement. OSHA's finding follows a $735,000 national-record fine that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) imposed upon the city for the very safety violations that Mr. Ali identified. (That fine was later settled for $200,000―with the FAA not permitting the city to disclaim its responsibility in the settlement agreement.)

AUDIO: Additional whistleblower complaint to the FAA and OSHA reports Cleveland Hopkins International Airport airfield-maintenance manager's recorded threats of further retaliation, "climate of fear"

Cleveland, OH - Secretly recorded audio reveals Cleveland Hopkins International Airport airfield-maintenance manager Robert Henderson on January 19, 2017 excoriating his employees and threatening them with retaliation for whistleblowing safety violations.

Whistleblower to FAA and OSHA: new, serious safety violations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport put travelers at risk

Via a letter from Subodh Chandra today, Abdul-Malik Ali, the former airfield maintenance manager at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, has alerted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) to serious safety violations at the airport. The letter states that the violations stem from unqualified staffing at the airport. The violations caused runways, ramps, and taxiways to be shut down and flights to be diverted, and Mr. Ali believes, represent an ongoing threat to the traveling public.

East Cleveland City School District education board to adopt numerous changes and reimburse $100,000 in fees incurred for board member's suit over extensive open-government violations

The settlement comes two weeks before the board was about to face trial

Victory: State Rep. Christina Hagan resigns as Trump presidential Electoral College member, having violated Ohio's Constitution by serving dual public offices

Canton, OH ― In a victory for Ohio voters and the Ohio Constitution, Ohio 50th District State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) has belatedly resigned as a member of the presidential Electoral College. The Electoral College is slated to meet at noon today, December 19, in the state capitol in Columbus.  Hagan was facing a complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order before Judge John Haas of Canton, showing that Hagan, by serving as both a member of Ohio's General Assembly and presidential elector, was violating Article II, Section 4 of the Ohio Constitution. Her vote would have been illegal. Lead counsel for Plaintiffs Deborah L. Cain and Andrew J. DiLiddo, Hagan's constituents, said, "This is a victory for Ohioans who believe in integrity in

Chandra Law clients seek restraining order against Ohio State Rep. Christina Hagan, noting that by serving as presidential Electoral College member, she's violating Ohio Constitution's prohibition against holding dual public offices

Canton, OH ― Chandra Law today served a complaint and emergency motion for temporary restraining order against Ohio 50th House District Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) alleging that her status as a presidential Electoral College member is illegal, and that her anticipated December 19, 2016 noon intended vote for Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president would violate Ohio's Constitution. Plaintiffs Deborah L. Cain of Uniontown and Andrew J. DiLiddo of Canton―both Hagan constituents―assert that Hagan's Electoral College membership violates Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 4. That provision bars an Ohio General Assembly member from also serving as a federal or other state public official―unless that member first resigns from her assembly seat. The Ohio Supreme Court in 1948 observed that the office of Ohio presidential elector is a state office

The old switcheroo: the curious phenomenon of sexual-harassment-defendant name changes after litigation

In the early 2000s, iconic cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris underwent a "rebranding" that included a name change to "Altria." Some viewed the move as a thinly veiled effort to associate with altruism a company that made some of the deadliest products in human history, and to give consumers the sense that the company was good. The name change took place amidst a flurry of litigation accusing the company of lying to consumers about cigarettes' cancerous effects and addictiveness.

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