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Whistle-Blower turns broken code into $90,000

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A fired Bay City municipal building inspector has his job back and is $90,000 richer.

The inspector refused to issue a building permit because it conformed to a defunct building code, but not the newly enacted one. The city’s development director ordered the inspector to issue the permit under the old code. The inspector felt this would be illegal and contacted the Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes.

Rather than rely on the bureau’s answer, the development director fired the inspector for insubordination.

As the case worked its way through mediation and litigation, the city eventually reinstated the inspector. And then it settled the case for $90,000.

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