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TSA Whistleblowers/EEO Claimants awarded $1M cash settlement plus restored benefits and attorney’s fees

Three Transportation Security Administration employees in Hawaii who were abruptly reassigned to mainland positions have been awarded a total of $1 million dollars by a federal investigative agency.  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said the TSA retaliated against the three over concerns regarding security and management problems at Hawaii airports.

Military pays to settle sexual misconduct claims by civilian employees

The military in Hawaii has paid out hundreds of thousand of dollars to settle sexual misconduct complaints filed by civilian workers.

A Hawaii New Now review of recent cases includes a $220,000 settlement paid for by the Navy after a female worker alleged she was slapped her on the buttocks and grabbed her breast and crotch by a sergeant. The alleged sex assault occurred in during an assignment in Laos.

Employees at federal building say mold causing serious illness

About a half dozen federal employees at the historic U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building downtown blame mold there for asthma and other life-threatening health problems they have suffered for nearly three years.  While federal ICE officials denied there are serious environmental problems with the building, some employees said they have faced retribution for filing illness claims.

Deedy still on State Dept. payroll; could still be fired even if he’s not guilty

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy could still be fired from his job even if he’s found not guilty of murder, a Honolulu legal expert who specializes in representing federal employees said Tuesday.

Deedy had been in a non-law enforcement, administrative desk assignment since he shot Kollin Elderts to death in a Waikiki McDonalds in late 2011, State Department officials said.

HNL TSA manager, fired twice, gets his job back again

A Transportation Security Administration manager fired from Honolulu International Airport has been reinstated, the fourth TSA manager to win a settlement or successfully challenge his firing after a baggage-checking scandal that resulted in the termination of 36 TSA employees.

Fired TSA manager reinstated, says he feels “vindicated”

Former Honolulu Transportation Security Administration manager Olivier Jodloman said he felt like he was “vindicated” when he heard the news Monday that an administrative judge reinstated him to his job after the TSA fired him following a baggage checking scandal.

HNL TSA boss who claims he was wrongly fired wins settlement, retirement

The Transportation Security Administration is paying a financial settlement to Glen Kajiyama, the former federal security director in charge of TSA operations at Honolulu International Airport who was one of 36 TSA employees fired in a baggage screening scandal last year.

Kajiyama had appealed his firing as “unfair” and the TSA settled his case just days before a hearing was scheduled to begin last month.

Proposed Harassment Law Changes Up for Debate

A proposal to change Hawaii’s sexual harassment laws is up for debate.

Critics say the amendments would make it harder for victims to report harassment in the workplace.

Those for and against the changes are presenting their testimonies right now before the Hawaii Civil Rights commission.