Every employee has the right to get compensation when it comes to health problems occurring from work. A former worker at the speculated Area 51 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fred Dunham attempts to get what he should deserve. He wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama to complain about the repeated denials for payment which he wants to have from the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.
Dunham explained that he has been sick due to toxic substances and radiation since working at the mysterious facility. He thinks that he should be compensated because he acquired illness during his stint at Area 51. The compensation program compensates workers who became ill or die from exposure to radiation and deadly substances during Cold War. Dunham said he was hired by a division of Department of Energy (DOE) contractor EG&G, and that he has the right to claim the compensation.
However, according to the director of Office of Health and Safety at DOE, Dunham is not entitled to be compensated, though he was working at Area 51, since only contractors of DOE are covered by the program.
Dunham reiterates his rights to have the compensation he thinks he should have despite the rejection of DOE for his request. He contends that the authority of the federal agencies is overstepped based on false statements and unreliable assumptions.
Former Area 51 Employee Searches For Compensation
Working at a risky and dangerous can be very deadly for an employee, and compensation can really have a big impact on how situations can be handled when they turn bad. Fred Dunham, who was hired by a division of the United States Department of Energy contractor EG&G to guard Area 51 located in Las Vegas, Nevada, wrote to President Barack Obama to get help in getting compensation for the illness he caught while working at the facility.
Dunham confessed that the federal agencies Departments of Energy and Labor have repeatedly repelled his request to get compensation from the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, which provides financial support for workers during Cold War who either died or critically ill due to hazardous substances or radioactivity. He worked at Area 51 for nine years and left when he had no longer access to medical care. He was experiencing problems with breathing and later diagnosed of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
DOE maintained that Dunham should not be compensated for the health problems he acquired at Area 51 since only the contractor deserves the right to get compensation, not the division he was working for. Dunham hopes to get the same compensation as what another former EG&G worker received for working at the Tonopah Test Range.