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Unlawful discrimination is typically based on age over 40, race, gender, etc.However, an employer can't typically require an employee to work around harmful vapors without providing the necessary protective equipment.Doing so can constitute a violation of OSHA.Violations of OSHA may be reported to OSHA and the agency may take aggressive actions to enforce safety requirements.An employee may file a lawsuit against a supervisor for defamation when the supervisor makes false statements about an employee to a third party and when damages result.If the supervisor makes the statement in the course of employment, the company may be liable as well (such as with job references).
That really depends on the details of the circumstances. In the US, in reality, anyone can sue anyone else for anything at any time. Can you win? That's a different issue. Unfortunately, it's one that only your personal attorney can analyze.That said, I can tell you that you definitely should have your attorney evaluate the OSHA issue and the defamation issue. He may find that an OSHA complaint or a defamation suit is appropriate.
He will also evaluate whether or not it might appear, based on all of the circumstances, unlawful discrimination based on age over 40, gender, race, disability, etc, might be taking place.