Capitol Tunnel Workers Have Lung Disease

NBC Nightly News airs news story about U.S. Capitol Tunnel Workers, who are represented by KMB's David J. Marshall and Nicole J. Williams, and by the Government Accountability Project, in complaint against the Architect of the Capitol over asbestos exposure and retaliation. Investigative Reporter Lisa Myers and Producer Rich Gardella report that AOC management waited nine years after learning of asbestos to require tunnel workers to wear respirators. Marshall calls AOC's conduct "absolutely shocking."

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