Jury Awards Woman Who Allegedly Lost Her Job For Not Falsifying Flint Data

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury awarded $100,000 to a girl who says she misplaced her job after refusing to falsify blood take a look at outcomes of youngsters uncovered to lead-contaminated water in Flint, her lawyer stated Tuesday.

April Prepare dinner-Hawkins labored on the Genesee County well being division for about 4 to 5 months earlier than being compelled to stop in 2016, stated her legal professional, Carol Laughbaum.

The division stated Prepare dinner-Hawkins was ousted over her efficiency, however the jury didn’t settle for that motive final Friday and awarded $100,000 for emotional misery, Laughbaum stated.

“They (the health department) said she wasn’t a team player. Virtually nothing at trial showed she wasn’t a team player,” the lawyer stated.

FILE – The Flint water plant tower is seen on Jan. 6, 2022 in Flint, Michigan. Residents within the majority-Black metropolis had been uncovered to guide after town used Flint River water and did not deal with it to scale back the corrosive impact on outdated pipes.

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Prepare dinner-Hawkins instructed jurors that she was directed to file lead-level outcomes that she knew had been inaccurate.

“The county had two sets of records: Blue sheets with actual testing data and doctored versions, white sheets, with handwritten corrections showing perfect lead levels,” Laughbaum stated.

Michael Edmunds, a lawyer who represented then-nurse director Toni LaRocco, stated he was disillusioned with the trial consequence.

“I am currently in the process of advising the county about its options,” he stated.

Residents of the majority-Black metropolis had been uncovered to guide when town pulled water from the Flint River in 2014-15 with out treating it to scale back the corrosive impact on outdated pipes. The town returned to a regional water provider in fall 2015.