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District fined $20,000 for using janitors for electrical, plumbing work

March 5, 2010

ST. PAUL, MN — The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District was fined $20,000 after a janitor reported he was ordered to perform electrical and plumbing work he was not trained or licensed to perform, according to KSTP-TV.

According to the story, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry issued the fine along with a cease-and-desist order after employee Tahmi Hall alerted the city of Maplewood and the state about the district''s practice of using unlicensed janitors for repairs and for ignoring his complaints.

Hall said: "It vindicated what I''ve been trying to do all this time. Now I''m not just this complainer. I''ve done the right thing, and that makes it all good."

The district acknowledged the improper use of janitorial employees and said it will only use licensed contractors for future repairs, the story stated.

The district also claimed the repairs janitors were asked to perform were "minor," the story added.
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