Construction Worker Reported To ICE Wins $650K At Trial 1 Construction Worker Reported To ICE Wins $650K At Trial

Construction Worker Reported To ICE Wins $650K At Trial

By Ivan Moreno (June 23, 2022, 1:36 PM EDT) — A Boston federal jury has found a construction company and its owner liable for retaliating against an employee by reporting him to immigration authorities after his on-the-job injury triggered a workplace investigation, awarding $650,000 in damages.

Jurors on Tuesday awarded the employee, Jose Martin Paz Flores, $600,000 in punitive damages and $50,000 for emotional distress after finding Tara Construction Inc. and its CEO and owner Pedro Pirez violated whistleblower protections in the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Pirez reported Paz to a relative who is a detective with the Boston Police Department “for potentially fraudulent activity,” according to a trial brief…