Appellate court sides with DuPont employee in whistleblower suit

    The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division yesterday upheld a $500,000 settlement awarded by a lower court to a former DuPont Chambers Works employee.

    John Seddon of Millville was awarded the settlement after a successful whistleblower lawsuit in which he said DuPont penalized him for for making an OSHA complaint about a potential public safety hazard in a phosgene reactor.

     

    Today’s Sunbeam reports Seddon’s complaint alleged DuPont cut his overtime, changed his shifts, reduced his hours and gave him poor performance reviews after Seddon filed the OSHA complaint.

    In a series of appeals, Seddon was awarded, lost and then re-awarded $2 million in lost wages. The $500,000 award upheld yesterday was for punitive damages and attorney fees.

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