Whistleblower Wins Suit Against Santa Barbara
By edhat staff
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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