Delray Beach water inspector says city fired her for disclosing contamination

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — A former Delray Beach employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city, claiming she was harassed and terminated for disclosing alleged contamination of the city’s drinking water.

According to the lawsuit, the city terminated wastewater inspector Christine Ferrigan in January, claiming “reorganization” although her position had been approved and funded.

The lawsuit contends the city terminated Ferrigan following a series of public health-related disclosures she made to her management and other state and city officials about alleged contamination of Delray Beach’s drinking water.

The suit also claims city officials terminated her in part to prevent her from disclosing information about the utility department’s handling of cross connection and drinking water contamination issues to oversight agencies.

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