BOISE, Idaho — Whistleblower lawsuits against Idaho would be limited to $370,000 in non-economic damages under proposed legislation.
The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee on Wednesday voted to clear the way for a hearing on the measure brought forward by Republican Rep. Greg Chaney. There would be no limit for economic damages.
The measure follows a federal whistleblower lawsuit that Idaho settled out of court in 2019 for $545,000. In that case, a former Idaho Department of Labor purchasing agent said the department retaliated against him and fired him for his efforts to stop employees from skirting purchasing rules.