Gerolyn Shapiro, a former child welfare investigator, sued the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) for
Shapiro alleged that she was terminated in retaliation for testifying before a grand jury in a 2001 investigation into alleged wrongdoing by a fellow DCF employee. According to Shapiro’s complaint, that same employee created a hostile work environment for her, eventually leading to Shapiro’s firing.
The DCF denied any wrongdoing, but a Palm Beach circuit court jury disagreed and awarded Shapiro $1 million. DCF is seeking a new trial.
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