Honolulu jury awards $3M to city ex-official in whistleblower case.

A Circuit Court jury Friday awarded a former Honolulu city official more than $3 million dollars, upholding her claim that she lost her job in 2003 for blowing the whistle on what she saw as wrongdoing in the administration of the former Mayor.

The jury deliberated a half-day before returning a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, awarding her just more than $1 million in lost wages and retirement benefits and $2 million in general damages for pain and suffering inflicted on her by city officials.

According to the news report, the plaintiff's attorney stated that in the weeks before the trial, he offered to settle the whistleblower case for $75,000, but defense counsel never offered more than $5,000.

Hmm, me thinks someone misevaluated this case.

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

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