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News SeaWorld Files asks for Investigation of OSHA Inspector

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    SeaWorld has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, claiming an inspector with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration illegally shared confidential records with a producer of the documentary "Blackfish."

    OSHA inspector Lara Padgett's investigation into the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 led to workplace safety citations and a $12,000 fine issued to the marine park. SeaWorld is appealing those citations in federal court.

    In their complaint, SeaWorld claims it has obtained evidence that Padgett disclosed confidential SeaWorld documents in violation of federal law while attending the January 2013 premier of "Blackfish" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

    The six-page complaint, sent to the Labor Department on Thursday, states that SeaWorld believes that OHSA investigator Lara Padgett “violated the Standards of Ethical Conduct for government employees ... as well as other requirements of federal law.”
    “We believe that this conduct demonstrates that she was influenced by improper considerations, and failed to bring the appropriate objectivity, in the investigation of the death of whale trainer Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld of Florida,” the complaint says. “We believe that this continues to influence her ongoing enforcement efforts with regard to SeaWorld.”
     
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