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Iowa High Court Asked to Hear Whistleblower Appeal

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KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A former Lee County maintenance worker who sued under Iowa’s whistleblower law is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s ruling setting aside the $186,000 that a jury awarded him.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports that Rick Carter has appealed the judge’s ruling last year.

Carter was fired in 2010. His lawsuit says he was fired because he reported problems with the Lee County Jail during its construction and accused the county board of malfeasance.

In February 2013, a jury awarded Carter $141,000 in back wages and $45,000 in lost benefits.

But several weeks later, District Judge Mary Ann Brown set aside the jury award, saying Carter was fired for incompetence, not in retaliation for his public accusations.

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