A former employee has filed a lawsuit against US Representative Doug Lamborn.
According to the Denver Post, the lawsuit makes a number of allegations against Lamborn and the Congressman’s total lack of concern about the pandemic: The agent allegedly let his son live in the basement of the US Capitol, let employees “do what they wanted” in his office and called on government employees to run personal errands for his family.
The Post notes that the complaint was made by former employee Brandon Pope, who claims he contracted coronavirus while working at Lamborn and was fired for “trying to protect employees from unsafe workplace conditions “.
However, a spokesman for Lamborn’s office has since said that the Pope’s claims are completely unfounded.
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“The allegations made by Mr Papst about safety at work are unfounded and have not led to the termination of his employment,” the statement said. “Congressman Lamborn looks forward to full confirmation as all the facts come to light.”
Even so, the lawsuit seeks to echo Lamborn’s allegedly negligent attitude towards the pandemic.
In the complaint, the Pope and his lawyer claim that Lamborn often referred to the novel coronavirus as a “joke”. During the whole time, according to the lawsuit, Lamborn kept its office open “unnecessarily” and prevented its employees from distancing themselves socially.
Two Lamborn employees tested positive for coronavirus in October, while Lamborn itself tested positive in November.
According to the lawsuit, Lamborn said to an employee who had decided to wear a mask, “Well, I don’t care if you got it.”
The complaint adds further allegations that Lamborn routinely uses its congressional staff for the personal benefit of himself, his wife and one of his sons, whom Lamborn reportedly let live in the Capitol’s basement for two weeks.
The same son then tried applying for federal jobs, and Lamborn “asked Mr. Pope and another employee to show himself [the son] how the USA Jobs website works and to provide tips on filling out applications for federal employment. “
Employees were also reportedly forced to run personal errands for Lamborn and his family. This included loading furniture to be brought into Lamborn’s vacation home, picking up the family’s personal mail, and carrying legal documents.
“Staff also believed that accepting invitations to family events, including meals with the Lamborn family, was necessary to keep them busy,” the lawsuit said.
In addition to the charge against Lamborn of negligence related to the coronavirus pandemic, the lawsuit also suggests the Congressman violated the Congressional Bureau Act of 1955 that prohibits retaliation against employees who speak out against unsafe working conditions.
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