My boss was having me do asbestos removal and I have not been sent to school and licensed for it witch is required by the state and he knows I am not licensed to do it and the Minnesota department of health showed up on the jobsite is there anything I can do about him putting me in harm's way
Firstly, you should not be performing asbestos removal without a license for health reasons. Asbestos exposure can lead to cancers and other serious health issues later. There could also be fines from the Minnesota regulatory authorities and the EPA. You should speak to an employment lawyer about these issues especially if you were already exposed.
Wow - what a shocking situation. I urge you to pay for attorney counsel from a well-experienced attorney with years of experience right away - I suggest you 'run-don't-walk' to seek legal counsel. You describe a very serious, dangerous situation. It would appear that there are multiple of potential pathways for you. Do be wary of 'free advice'. Should you have any relevant 'paperwork', do provide it to her. Know that if you reside in a remote area, a few of us are accustomed to forming special arrangement to provide legal counsel, including, say, use of phone, email, etc. Best to you.
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I fully agree with the guidance already given to your answer. If you complained to your boss, and are experiencing retaliation in any form (including disclosing information to the Dept of Health), you may have remedies under federal OSHA and MN state law as a whistleblower. Also, if you quit, this would likely be deemed a good reason caused by your employer that would qualify you for unemployment. However, you should first speak with a qualified employment attorney before taking action.
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