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ODOT Whistleblower Says He Was Fired For Filing Complaints


The Oregon Department of Transportation along the Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon, Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The Oregon Department of Transportation along the Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon, Saturday, March 18, 2017.

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When Gerritt Law started work at Oregon’s Motor Carrier Transportation Division in 2013, he found an operation in disarray.

His team leader was drawing engineering plans he wasn’t licensed to create and allowing electrical work on multiple projects to be done by unlicensed contractors, Law, 32, alleged in multiple emails to his superiors, other state agencies and, ultimately, in a lawsuit.

Employees lacked safety training and were asked to work in dangerous conditions, he said. Equipment costing thousands of dollars was purchased without compatibility testing, and later found to not work. Contracts were being split so the dollar amounts stayed below open-bidding requirements. And contractors were allowed to over bill for work.

Law, a weigh-scale technician in the private sector for eight years before joining the Oregon Department of Transportation, filed a formal complaint. That triggered multiple state investigations and, Law says, retaliation that eventually led to his firing.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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