A North Branford trucking company has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to withdraw what government officials consider to be a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers who complained about on-the-job safety concerns. The company, Palumbo Trucking Inc., must also pay the two men $60,000 in damages.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Boston office, the two workers — a driver and a mechanic — reported concerns about a potentially unsafe truck to the North Branford Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles in September 2012. Palumbo Trucking responded by filing a lawsuit against the two workers in New Haven Superior Court in January 2013, alleging that the complaint to the police department had been filed intentionally and maliciously.

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