A former examiner for the state Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has sued under the state’s whistle-blower act, claiming he was fired for trying to prevent illegal immigrants from getting licenses.
The examiner says the DMV made up reasons to fire him in April, less than a year after he began working for the agency. According to the lawsuit, the DMV fired him for unnecessarily detaining a man because he suspected he was in the country illegally, and for making inappropriate remarks about someone of Middle Eastern descent.
The U.S. State Department sent a letter commending the examiner for detaining the man because his visa did not match State Department files. It was later established that the man was in the country legally.