BLM Whistleblower Wins Ruling

By: AP
By: AP

Big news today for a Nevada whistleblower.
An administrative law judge ruled that the U-S Bureau of Land
Management illegally fired a former supervisor for speaking out
about the health and safety dangers at a toxic mine site near at
Yerington.
The federal judge ordered the B-L-M to pay Earle Dixon two years
worth of back pay and benefits totaling more than
120-thousand-dollars.
The Labor Department Judge Richard Malamphy concluded that Dixon
was fired as a result of his whistleblowing activities at the
former Anaconda copper mine about 60 miles southeast of Reno.
Under his ruling today, the B-L-M also must reimburse Dixon for
10-thousand-dollars in moving expenses after he was fired in
October 2005 as well as attorney fees and costs expected to exceed
50-thousand-dollars.
The judge denied Dixon's request for up to one (M)
Million-dollars in punitive damages. He stopped short of ordering
the B-L-M to reinstate Dixon but instructed the agency to give him
a "favorable or at least neutral job reference."


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