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Fired Boca Raton municipal employee nets $537,500 in settlement
A South Florida city has agreed to pay a substantial, six-figure amount to a former employee who alleged retaliation. Christine Ferrigan was terminated from her position as a utilities coordinator with the City of Boca Raton in December 2008 after reporting alleged water violations to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Palm Beach County Department of Health. The alleged violations included swimming pool water directed to a swale and steps not taken to assure that reclaimed water did not mix with potable water. The defense denied all allegations and argued she was terminated for not being at work during scheduled hours and for failing to complete job tasks. But prior to trial, the city settled the case for $537,500.
Ferrigan v. City of Boca Raton
Palm Beach County
City of Hollywood settles case concerning police officers’ use of force for $240,000
The City of Hollywood has settled a case involving an alleged use of excessive force by Hollywood Police Department officers. The city agreed to pay Paul Gozaloff $240,000 in an agreement that does not constitute an admission of liability for injuries alleged by Gozaloff. Gozaloff claimed he sustained head, facial and body injuries, emotional distress and a residual psychiatric injury during a January 2008 incident where he claimed police grabbed and tackled him, and then punched him. Defense counsel argued several police officers said Gozaloff had interfered with a traffic stop; all officers responding alleged Gozaloff was irate and aggressive during the incident, and claimed that reasonable force was used.
Gozaloff v. City of Hollywood Police Department
U.S. District Court, Southern District, Fort Lauderdale
Eye clinic settles case involving alleged gender discrimination for $150,000
A health services clinic has settled a case involving an alleged gender discrimination incident. An adult who was employed as the director of hearing services at Lakeland Eye Clinic claimed that after informing an immediate supervisor, a manager, in April 2011 that he was undergoing a gender transition from male to female, with the name of Brandi, she was fired. Brandi filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC investigated, found gender discrimination, and filed suit in federal court. Lakeland denied all charges. However, prior to trial Lakeland settled the case for $150,000 and also agreed to implement a new gender discrimination policy and training for management/employees.
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Lakeland Eye Clinic, P.A.
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division
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