FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury awarded $100,000 to a lady who says she misplaced her job after refusing to falsify blood check outcomes of kids uncovered to lead-contaminated water in Flint, her lawyer mentioned Tuesday.
April Prepare dinner-Hawkins labored on the Genesee County well being division for roughly 4 to 5 months earlier than being compelled to stop in 2016, mentioned her legal professional, Carol Laughbaum.
The division mentioned Prepare dinner-Hawkins was ousted over her efficiency, however the jury didn’t settle for that cause final Friday and awarded $100,000 for emotional misery, Laughbaum mentioned.
“They (the well being division) mentioned she wasn’t a workforce participant. Nearly nothing at trial confirmed she wasn’t a workforce participant,” the lawyer mentioned.
Prepare dinner-Hawkins informed jurors that she was directed to file lead-level outcomes that she knew had been inaccurate.
“The county had two units of information: Blue sheets with precise testing information and doctored variations, white sheets, with handwritten corrections displaying good lead ranges,” Laughbaum mentioned.
Michael Edmunds, a lawyer who represented then-nurse director Toni LaRocco, mentioned he was upset with the trial consequence.
“I’m at the moment within the technique of advising the county about its choices,” he mentioned.
Residents of the majority-Black city had been uncovered to steer when the town pulled water from the Flint River in 2014-15 with out treating it to scale back the corrosive impact on previous pipes. The town returned to a regional water provider in fall 2015.