Jury awards $100K; woman says she lost job over Flint data
September 20, 2022
Flint, MI — A jury has awarded $100,000 to a woman who lost her job after refusing to falsify results of blood tests for Flint children who were exposed to lead. April Cook-Hawkins worked for four to five months at the Genesee County health department in 2016 before being forced to quit. The health department said Cook-Hawkins was ousted over performance. But attorney Carol Laughbaum says the jury didn’t accept that reason last week and awarded $100,000 for emotional distress after a brief trial. Cook-Hawkins told jurors that she was directed to record lead-level results that she knew were inaccurate. There was no immediate comment from the lawyer who represented Cook-Hawkins' boss at the health department.