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Bill sets $370,000 limit on Idaho whistleblower lawsuits

Posted at 4:57 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 06:57:20-05

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.