SLIDELL, La. -- A Northshore man says he was fired after saying the company he worked for is compromising the safety of U.S. troops.
Alan Williams has been involved in making some of the equipment used oversees for the past nine months at Slidell-based Alliance Lasers. The company is a supplier of parts to Textron Systems, which has an office in Slidell that has a government contract for armored security vehicles.
Williams said those parts include blast windows, shocks and antennas for communication, and that while he worked for Alliance Lasers, he and other welders weren’t certified, as required, to work on the windows. He also said the work being done wasn’t in the best interest of the soldiers.
“You could be talking hundreds of vehicles out there with blast windows that are not safe for our troops,” he said, "That's bad, that's unpatriotic. That's just not right."
Textron told Eyewitness News in a statement, “We maintain strict quality controls and are thoroughly reviewing the claims made against one of our suppliers. Our priority remains the delivery of our combat proven armored security vehicles that help soldiers successfully complete their missions and safely return home.”
As for Alliance, calls to the manager and owner were unreturned by 10 p.m. Monday.
Even though Williams said his concerns got him fired, he hopes they lead to more safety for the troops.
Williams has hired an attorney, who has contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office about possibly investigating the situation in criminal court.
In the meantime, Williams is pursuing federal lawsuits for wrongful termination and violations of the Whistleblower Act.