NJ Prison Agency Can't Shake $1M Whistleblower Verdict

Law360 (December 2, 2019, 9:35 PM EST) -- A New Jersey state appeals court on Monday upheld a $1 million jury verdict for a former state prison administrator who raised concerns about misuse of public funds, among other issues, rejecting the state's arguments that evidence did not back up the ex-worker's retaliation claim.

The per curiam opinion affirmed a trial court's ruling in favor of Meg Yatauro, who sued the state and Department of Corrections Commissioner Gary M. Lanigan under New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act in 2014, according to the panel. Yatauro claimed she was demoted from administrator of the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility to a...

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