MIOSHA investigating United Wholesale Mortgage after dozens of complaints about lack of COVID-19 protocol

MIOSHA investigating United Wholesale Mortgage after dozens of complaints about lack of COVID-19 protocol
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The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is investigating United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) after receiving dozens of complaints about how Pontiac handled COVID-19.

read: Ex-UWM employee says company not doing enough to protect workforce from Covid

MIOSHA has received more than 50 complaints about the company since November 2021. It has not commented on the ongoing investigation.

With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high in Oakland County, many workers are concerned.

“Oakland County’s test positivity rate is 25.5%. It’s the highest ever,” said county spokesman Bill Mullan.

Current and former employees detail the alleged lack of protocols, saying there are mandatory meetings being held with hundreds and sometimes thousands of people.

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Workers also claim that there is no social distancing, masks are not required, glass spacers between work areas are no longer in place, and employees cannot work from home. In addition, employees claim that they are not being informed when a co-worker has been in close contact with positive Covid tests, and that people come to work sick because they need to use their paid time off when sick.

A photo was also shared with FOX 2 showing a big holiday party. UWM employs about 9,000 people.

“Everyone, from October to the holiday party, everyone,” said a former employee. “It ramps up unchecked during every stage of this office.”

The Oakland County Health Department also received many complaints about UWM, so it emailed the company. However, since there are no mandates regarding Covid, the country can only advise the company on how to deal with the virus.

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“The county has not independently confirmed their concerns, but we sent an email on December 23 to United Wholesale Mortgage,” Mullane said.

Mullane recommended that people get vaccinated, wear masks, and social distance. He also said that if employees can work from home, they should.

UWM did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. However, the company said on Monday it is following government guidelines and providing masks, Covid tests and vaccinations.


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