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Judge rules NC must rehire whistleblower

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RALEIGH — A judge says North Carolina must rehire an employee who was fired after he complained that the Division of Motor Vehicles might be giving drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.

The News & Observer reported that Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ruled Tuesday that Jeffrey M. Brown has a right to return to his DMV job and to $70,000 in back pay.

Brown worked as a license examiner in the DMV New Bern office from July 2006 until April 2007. He was fired after he complained that state policy allowing immigrants with temporary work visas to renew licenses for longer than their visa period conflicted with state law.

Brown said after he won his lawsuit that he was being forced to give licenses to illegals and his supervisors told him to be quiet.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A judge says North Carolina must rehire an employee who was fired after he complained that the Division of Motor Vehicles might be giving drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.

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