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Former Bell Police Sergeant Whistleblower Wins Settlement

Former Bell police Sgt. James Corcoran, who says he was forced into retirement in retaliation for whistle-blowing the Bell corruption scandal, won $400,000 in a settlement and has been reinstated in the Police force.

Corcoran said than Police Chief Randy Adams was angry with him when Corcoran approached him with allegations of voter fraud, unlawful vehicle seizures, and illegal selling of building permits. Adams allegedly asked Corcoran to tell him if he had gone to the FBI with this information, though Corcoran already took the information to the bureau. 

Though Corcoran has won the settlement, experts have weighed in with their opinions saying that Corcoran could have won upwards of $3 million dollars. Corcoran said he had agreed to the amount of settlement because he was “looking out for my city”. 

Corcoran’s suit has come to a settlement on the heels of a newly filed suit by ex-Bell Police Chief Randy Adams. Adams stopped working for the small city shortly after The Los Angeles Times revealed the high salary, reported to be $457,000 annually, being paid to the Police Chief. Adams is currently one of the highest paid pensioners in California, receiving more than $22,000 a month. 

In his suit for severance pay, Adams alleges that city officials pushed him to resign and agree to disregard his year’s severance pay which he was entitled to under his contract. Adams argues that he never agreed to resign or to relinquish his severance. 

In these uncertain economic times, many people are afraid to speak out against their employer’s illegal practices in fear of losing their jobs. Federal and California employment laws ensure that employees’ rights and best interests are guarded, while employers need to make certain that they are following all laws to protect themselves from any potential litigation. Whether you are an employee or employer, the experienced attorneys at Don Ho Law, LLP can help you with the successful representation you need. 
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