- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge in Alabama has ruled to leave a temporary restraining order in place against a Hyundai auto supplier after the supplier was accused of firing an employee during a federal safety investigation.

The Thursday ruling is a continuation of an order requested by the U.S. Labor Department after Lear Corp. fired a former employee for making public allegations about exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Lear Corp. filed a lawsuit in March against the employee after she visited Hyundai to complain about safety concerns.

Court documents say multiple tests by independent inspectors found the chemicals in the air were within legal limits.

The company blames United Auto Workers for creating the controversy as a way to persuade employees to unionize.

UAW declined to comment on the allegations.

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