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State employee to get $3M after supervisors ignore allergies

March 29, 2019

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled in favor of a California state employee who was awarded $3 million by a jury that found his supervisors harassed him and ignored his documented allergies to perfume and certain chemicals.

The Sacramento Bee reports an appeals court ruled Thursday the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, must abide by the jury’s 2017 decision to award the money to 62-year-old John Barrie.

Barrie, a Caltrans employee in Nevada County, said in the suit that between 2010 and 2012 supervisors repeatedly ignored directives to keep perfumes and chemicals like Windex and Comet away from him.

Barrie, who still works for the department, filed a lawsuit in 2013.

Caltrans didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press Friday.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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