FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2014
Contact: Eric W. Boyer, Esq.
305-670-1101 Ext. 1023
QPWB OBTAINS DEFENSE VERDICT FOR THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION ON WHISTLE-BLOWER RETALIATION CLAIM
Labor and Employment Law / Whistle-blower retaliation /Termination
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ― Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., labor and employment trial attorney, JOHN S. DERR, managing partner of the firm’s Tallahassee office, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation on claims that Plaintiff, a contract manager for the Department was demoted, then terminated, because of her race, her gender, and for blowing the whistle on certain vendor practices. Plaintiff claimed after being demoted, she was terminated for whistle blowing with respect to an incident of vendor fraud, the investigation of which resulted in a $130,000.00 recovery for the state.
Plaintiff’s race claim was dropped during discovery, and partial summary judgment was obtained on Plaintiff’s gender claim, leaving the Whistle-blower retaliation claim for trial.
The investigation out of which Plaintiff’s allegations arose spanned more than a year. During the course of litigation, the defense reviewed over 13,000 documents produced in discovery. There were over 500 trial exhibits, and more than a dozen witnesses. At one point, the plaintiff had more than 40 subpoenaed witnesses sitting outside the courtroom, who were interviewed by the defense. The trial lasted six days, and the jury deliberated more than four hours, before returning a verdict for the defense.