Hello, and thank you in advance for reading this and taking the time to help us. My husband is very upset at his working conditions at his job and has had it, and he needs some advice on how to proceed. Here is the situation:
My husband works for a very large hotel located in Princeton, NJ (I won't say which one, but it is one of the large multinational hotel chains). He is a Purchaser and buys all the food and restuarant provisions for the restaurants & conferences at the hotel. When he was hired 2 years ago, he was told that he'd have an office near the kitchen area. Basically, the hotel took an old storage closet off of the loading docks and "converted" it into an office.
Here is the problem - the area was never meant to be an office. There is no heating, air conditioning, or ventilation of any kind in the office. It is dirty and the carpeting is moldy, despite my husband's attempts to have it cleaned by the hotel staff, and even cleaning it himself. The office is located right next to the loading docks, in which trucks pull in and idle and blow exhuast fumes right through the door - since there's no ventilation, he tries to keep the door open to get some kind of air in there, but at the cost of having to breathe in noxious fumes sometimes. The garbage compactor is also next to the loading dock, so he is also subjected to the smells of the garbage.
However, the absolute worst is the complete lack of heating and air conditioning. In the winter, he was provided with a space heater, but the absence of air conditioning is really taking its toll on my husband. It has been very, very hot the last few days and today he called me almost in tears because it is so hot in his office. He has appealed to his supervisor and the general manager of the hotel to try and have something done to his office, whether it be having a vent installed in the ceiling, or purchasing a portable air conditioning unit, but to no avail. No one seems to care that my husband is sweating to death and breathing in hot, noxious fumes all day. He brought in a little thermometer with him today, and it was 92 degrees in his office by noon. Other than a small desk fan, there is nothing else he can do.
Honestly, if he didn't need the job so bad, he would quit over all this. It is that bad. We've been trying to find him another job for the past couple of months, with no luck. Is there anything he can do about this? Would this be considered an unhealthy working environment? He is kinda afraid to report it, because the last person at his job who contacted OSHA was fired shortly after.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Please help!!