A state senator who is pushing a bill to require more public disclosure of waste and fraud at tax-funded agencies has called on California State University to stop retaliating against employees who report such abuses.
State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, responded to a San Francisco Chronicle article published Sunday that revealed CSU has spent nearly $9 million in the last three years to settle and defend seven lawsuits brought by employees who said they were retaliated against for reporting abuse under the state's Whistleblower Protection Act.
The article told the story of Justin Schwartz, a recreation instructor at Cal State East Bay who lost his job in 2009, months after accusing a colleague of spending thousands of dollars of university money to buy himself high-end sports equipment and paragliding lessons. A campus investigation confirmed several allegations. But the campus fired Schwartz and retained the accused instructor.