Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

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A former Santa Barbara Police dispatcher was awarded $1.28 million in a whistleblower lawsuit against the city, reports The Independent.

A Santa Barbara jury ruled that Bridget Bryden should receive back-pay from the day of termination in March 2016 to the day she would have been eligible to retire six years later. Bryden argued that she was terminated after voicing concerns about reductions to the qualifications required for new dispatchers amid a dispatcher shortage at the department.

The Santa Barbara Police Department reduced the new applicant test scores required from 90 to 65. Bryden, a 24-year veteran and Thomas Guerry Award winner, argued this posed a risk to officers and the public. 

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a-1576385480 Nov 14, 2019 10:11 AM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

Managers protect one another and they stick together. I have worked in a government position, not with the City but the other big one. Us staff knew to keep mum. Why? Because we would be blacklisted if we spoke up. They will come up with something later to get back at you. Is it retaliation? Take a wild guess. Just like the case with this lad. Its refreshing to hear that government agencies are being exposed and it's. about. tiiime. I regret not saying something before. Unfortunately I cannot go back in time but something I can do is be a resource to someone who is dealing with a situation like this one. I know how they operate. I know employment law attorneys. And I know a lot of people who work there and who would be willing to speak up in a group. The City of SB is not the only crooked government agency. Where I have worked, staff are easily placed on Administrative Leave but it's rare for it to be in the interest of the public. It's usually to cover their butts because you raised an issue and took a stance. They want to keep you quiet. The best general advice that I can offer for you to even stand a chance is to go straight to the BOS or to write to Congress when you have a concern. Be ready to back it up with facts, data, witnesses and speak up about the managers, not the staff. Staff are just scared robots. Otherwise your concern will simply be swept under the rug, excused, or deflected back on to you. People think the union protects but they are a joke.

PitMix Nov 14, 2019 10:48 AM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

I reported a local agency for 3 things. Forcing staff to work overtime without compensation, falsifying time records on holidays to show they had worked a full day instead of half, and falsifying a work database. The auditors office didn't do anything with that information except tighten up the overtime requirements. Initially they tried to divert my information to the Head Administrative office until I asked whether this was standard procedure for this type of case. I also contacted the NewsPress and Indy with the info to see if they were interested in following up. They were not. It seemed to me that maybe this stuff was so small time in their opinion that it wasn't even worth looking into.

a-1576385480 Nov 14, 2019 10:00 AM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

JQB there should be but until that happens the people in positions with power will continue to be corrupt. Simply because they can. These managers will probably only be "encouraged" to retire, if even that.

jqb Nov 13, 2019 07:05 PM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

That's not what the article says. And if that had happened, it seems unlikely that she would have been awarded over $1 million. Perhaps you could provide some reason to believe your claim.

PitMix Nov 13, 2019 11:25 AM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

Transparent.Com says in her last few years of work she made about $138K, salary and benefits. The 1.28M probably gives her money for that and also covers her lawyer's award for winning.

tagdes Nov 13, 2019 11:08 AM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

Yes, but that's quite likely including her base pay plus the City portion of her retirement pay, like deferred comp and COBRA for that period. If this is standard " at will " employment with the right to quit in lieu of being terminated the City is just lucky they weren't called for retaliation for which she could also been awarded pain and suffering along with emotional damages.

a-1576385480 Nov 13, 2019 10:05 AM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

Perfect example of why whistleblowers need to be protected against retribution by the institutions they are trying to have investigated for malfeasance. The rule of law is the underlying basis of protections for whistleblowers. Those that try to disparage or punish them indicate their guilt, but also their lack of respect for good management, laws, and the public's best interests.

jqb Nov 13, 2019 07:08 PM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

Reality attested to by numerous highly reliable witnesses and even admitted to by the defendant isn't a hoax just because unamerican traitors say it is.

jqb Nov 13, 2019 07:22 PM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

The claim that the "perfect phone call" is a hoax is a new one that even Gym Jordan and Devin's Cow haven't offered: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/fox-legal-analyst-today-was-a-good-day-for-anyone-who-wants-to-shorten-the-trump-presidency/

jqb Nov 13, 2019 10:39 AM
Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara

Indeed. There should be criminal penalties for intentionally outing whistleblowers or for inciting others to do so. (Now back to the hearings.)

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