The U.S. Forest Service agreed to a settlement in a retaliation lawsuit filed by a former seasonal firefighter.
In the case, the plaintiff accused the employer of placing him on a "do not hire" list in retaliation for posting on social media his concerns about the employer's inadequate Covid-19 protection policies, which he says risked the health of his son.
After an administrative judge ruled the plaintiff could proceed with his claim, the employer reached a settlement with the former firefighter. They agreed to pay the plaintiff $115,000; to offer him his same position; and to remove him from any "do not hire" lists. Michele Chandler "Former California firefighter settles whistleblower lawsuit against US Forest Service" www.redding.com (Apr. 25, 2022).