ICYMI: DWR back in court over Oroville Dam spillway lawsuit

The Department of Water Resources will be in court on Friday regarding the Oroville Dam Spillway lawsuit.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 12:20 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2019 4:37 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) was back in court Friday regarding the Oroville Dam spillway lawsuit. 

A Bay Area law firm is representing the city of Oroville and employees of DWR.

The firm told the court DWR perpetuated a "hostile work enviroment" at the Oroville Dam. This refers to a complaint from an African-American employee who said co-workers displayed a noose in a meeting room.

Friday the DWR's attornies asked the presiding judge to strike all work environment complaints from the record.

A federal report says an investigation revealed that "human and organizational factors" played a role in the Oroville Dam spillway crisis. 

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OROVILLE, Calif. - The Department of Water Resources will be in court on Friday regarding the Oroville Dam Spillway lawsuit.

The Bay Area law firm is representing the City of Oroville, along with the employees of the department.

It is stated that the department perpetuated a "hostile work environment" at the dam. This includes a complaint from an African-American employee who says coworkers displayed a noose in a meeting room.

Today the department is asking a judge to strike all work environment complains from the record.

"DWR wants to remove those from the complaint but if they were a cause of the collapse, the jury has every right to hear about them," said Plaintiffs Attorney Niall McCarthy. "All reports said this was preventable and there was a number of red flags that were ignored."

A federal report found "human and organizational factors" played a role in the crisis.

The law firm says its clients suffered $100 million in losses.

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