More than $100M in taxpayer money spent on public worker lawsuits each year

The legal settlements and jury awards have come rapid-fire, month after month, year after year: $400,000 to the public works employee who claimed a hostile work environment; $2.1 million to the fire inspector whom a jury found had been harassed; $200,000 to the former police dispatcher who said she was improperly fired; $3.65 million to the…

Posted: May 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

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  1. Name (required) said at 11:32 am on May 1st, 2017:

    “The largest settlements and awards reflect egregious or systemic bad behavior by government employees toward subordinates.”
    That being the case, then there’s a scintilla of legitimacy to these cases. If an employee is treated improperly, and is met only with wagon circling by superiors when they report it within internal channels, their only recourse may be litigation. Employees need to be protected from this, but Assemblyman Carroll is correct. Payouts need to be realistically proportionate and lawyer costs capped.
    It would be interesting to see if any of the offending parties are repeat offenders, also how many of them got to keep their jobs, to harass again as if nothing ever happened. Leaving their municipality open for future suits and payouts.