This also explains why they are so adamant about dismissing or rejecting my complaints as it will have a direct impact on the “rank and file” employees they have told to carry out these orders. To make this clear, if the U.S. government were to “grant” or “approve” my whistleblower complaint many individuals would go to prison. Just like a house of cards, many people fear that they will be “thrown under the bus.” So they do what they have been told.
You may ask, “Well Lewis, if you knew they were not going to do anything, why did you take the time to fill out the complaint?” I pray and ask for the Lord’s help! The Spirit of the Lord lives in me and carries out all things that must be done. They know that I am Christian, I cannot hide it. The Lord Jesus Christ protects me! The Lord is God. Several people have taken it too far. Greyhound Bus Lines has taken it too far, Leah Smith has taken it too far, the U.S. Government has taken it too far, and several people within it.
Greyhound Bus Lines is a public company but in many aspects, it operates as a “quasi-governmental” agency, similar to Amtrak or the United States Postal Service. It is a priority of the United States government to have nation-wide public transit systems and offers funding in the form of federal grants and subsidies so that it can continue operating. In fact, Greyhound Bus Lines lobbies various state governments and requests to use taxpayer money to buy Greyhound buses so that they can operate efficiently within their state.
The Department of Labor complaint was submitted under the Department of Labor’s regulation, 29 CFR Part 516. This regulation requires Greyhound Bus Lines to have general record keeping requirements; which include, but are not limited to, hours worked each day and total hours worked each workweek, basis on which employee's wages are paid, all additions to or deductions from the employee's wages. In addition, Greyhound Lines, Inc. records must include accurate information about the employee and data about the hours worked, and the wages earned.
This means that Greyhound must keep a record of everything you are owed whether you submit a pay claim or not. Since I did not even know all the money that Greyhound owed me, I submitted this complaint so that Greyhound Bus Lines had to give the Department of Labor the records showing everything that they owed me; regardless if I knew to file a pay claim on it or not.
Greyhound Bus Lines knows how much money it “saves” by having laborious employee pay claims. The problem is that the “system” that they currently have in place is driving their customers (revenue) away. The money that they believe they are “saving” from employees is actually being lost by customers abandoning their brand.
The case investigator, Al Mosey closed the case without investigation, thus a “fake investigation.” I called Mr. Mosley when I had received his letter in the mail. The letter is dated July 28, 2016. He asked me to come down to his office the same day in order to give a statement. I did not refuse to give a statement, but I did tell him that I was unavailable to give a statement at that time. He asked when could I come in and take a statement. I told home that I was also unavailable next week, as I had planned a vacation.
I asked if he could take a phone interview to which he stated that he could not. I told Mr. Mosey a date that I could call him after my vacation. He agreed to the date. However, when I called him on the agreed date and multiple times afterward he did not answer my phone call. I left him several voicemail messages. When I was finally able to talk to him, he stated, “I talked to my supervisor, and we decided to close the case.” I told Mr. Mosey that I knew that the department was not going to investigate the case but I must be obedient to the Lord.
Somehow between Mr. Mosey and his supervisor, this was taken to mean that I did not want to have the case investigated. How could this be? I called the investigator and agreed upon a date. Should I have canceled my vacation in order for him to take my statement?
In order to ascertain this document, I sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Labor. At first, it was denied but upon appeal, I was given the case document.
You can read in the repository of documents here.
It can be seen that on page four of this document that the investigator wrote, “…Case was opened based on a [redacted] from Lewis Seals who stated that he believed he was owed $3500 for miscellaneous issues with his employer…. WHI attempted the contact the [redacted] on two separate [occasions]. Both via phone on July 26, and July 28, 2016. WHI also attempted to contact the [redacted] via mail on July 26th and July 28th with a return call notification no later than [August] 5th. Since no response, I recommend the case be drop.”
Now if the Department of Labor will not even investigate a wage theft complaint that I submitted. What are the odds that they will also try to sweep the whistleblower case under the rug? OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration is under the umbrella of the of the Department of Labor.