FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury has awarded $100,000 to a woman who says she lost her job after refusing to falsify the results of a children’s blood test. lead-contaminated water in Flint, her lawyer said on Tuesday.
April Cook-Hawkins worked at the Genesee County Health Department for about four to five months before being forced to quit in 2016, her attorney, Carol Lafbaum, said.
The department said Cook-Hawkins was ousted because of her performance, but the jury did not accept that reason last Friday and awarded $100,000 for emotional distress, Lafbaum said.
“They (health department) said she was not a team player. There was virtually nothing in the trial to show that she was not a team player,” the lawyer said.
Cook-Hawkins told jurors that they had been directed to record lead-level results that they knew were wrong.
“The county had two sets of records: blue sheets with actual test data and the proven version, white sheets, with handwritten corrections showing true lead levels,” Lafbaum said.
Lawyer Michael Edmonds, representing then-nurse director Tony Larrocco, said he was disappointed with the outcome of the test.
“I am currently in the process of advising the county about its options,” he said.
Majority-Black City Residents When the city removed water from the Flint River without treating it to reduce the corrosive effect on old pipes in 2014-15, the lead was exposed. The city reverted to a regional water supplier in the fall of 2015.