The Advocate reported Tuesday that a whistleblower who sued Shaw Environment & Infrastructure Inc. of Baton Rouge for alleged retaliation was awarded more than $3.4 million by a federal court jury in Anchorage, Alaska.

In September of 2008, Paul Blakeslee, then 71, notified in writing corporate parent Shaw Group headquarters in Baton Rouge that a Shaw project manager in Alaska had defrauded both the company and the federal government, according to The Advocate:

Blakeslee alleged the project manager committed those frauds by having millions of dollars in equipment leased at above-market rates from a firm in which the manager held an interest.

Seventeen days later, the Shaw project manager informed Blakeslee that his position had been eliminated, Blakeslee’s lawsuit alleged.

Shaw officials and attorneys denied the retaliation allegation at trial last month.

But jurors decided that Blakeslee had suffered both retaliation and age discrimination.

Before the case went to trial, Shaw Group was acquired by Chicago Bridge & Iron.

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