Mosquito District Pays $150,000 to Settle Technician’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

The South Walton Mosquito Control District has agreed to pay our client $150,000 to settle his whistleblower claim, based on his objections to actual or perceived violations of Florida law.

Our client was a field technician for the district, which is responsible for controlling the mosquito population in a northwest Florida beach community. The district performs a vital function, because controlling mosquitos means controlling viruses that pose serious human health risks, such as the Zika and West Nile viruses. Zika, by example, is a virus transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The virus can lead to serious birth defects and various neurological and autoimmune complications can result from infection with the virus. Avoiding mosquito bites is the best defense; according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there is currently no medicine or vaccine for Zika.

Jim Garrity’s client spoke out about a range of actions he believed were improper, including the treatment of wet or running-water ditches that lead into bay waters. He suffered retaliatory actions as a result.

The lawsuit settled last month and was approved by the District, bringing the case to a close.

Have You Suffered Retaliation on the Job for Speaking Out?

If you’ve suffered punishment, up to and including the loss of your job, call us at (800) 663-7999. All consultations are free and confidential. Representing employees is 100% of our practice. We can do amazing things to help you.

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