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Worker to Florida Department of Education: Sue you

Last week, the Florida DOE eliminated 63 jobs, laying off 48 employees.

This week, one of them fired back with a lawsuit, alleging retaliation against his whistleblower actions.

Darryl Wallace, one of the dismissed workers, also accused the department of letting workers be exposed unknowingly to tuberculosis, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

"They poked the wrong dog," his lawyer, Steve Andrews, told the Democrat.

Department spokesman Tom Butler told the paper that the officials did not know of Wallace's whistleblower complaint when his position was eliminated as part of budget cuts. "We have reached out to Mr. Wallace and his attorney to obtain additional information regarding these circumstances," he said.

This one could get interesting. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:24am]


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