After making several written and verbal complaints to her supervisors about important safety concerns, the City’s school department terminated a special needs school bus driver. She had complained about the lack of training and staffing on special needs vans, which ultimately led to City personnel and students suffering injuries. The City claimed she was terminated for violating the City’s confidentiality policy. Her complaints were ignored and she was fired. We brought suit under the Massachusetts Whistleblower Statute, Mass. Gen. Law ch.149, § 185. That statute protects government employees who voice concerns about public safety issues.
Result: The case was tried to a jury in Superior Court and after a week long trial, the bus driver was awarded back pay and over $35,000.00 attorneys fees.