Sonoma State Ordered to Pay Nearly $3 Million in Asbestos Penalties

Sep 27, 2017

Stevenson Hall at Sonoma State University. A judge award $2.9 million to those exposed to asbestos there, and to those enforcing workplace safety rules.
Credit Sonoma State University

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat: "Faculty members and staff who worked in a Sonoma State University office building that was the focus of a whistleblower trial over asbestos mishandling will each get a piece of more than $2.9 million in penalties handed down for violations of occupational health and safety laws.

"Those 231 who worked in Stevenson Hall during a two-year period ending in 2015 will split about a quarter of the penalty—or about $3,100 each—allotted last week by Judge Nancy Shaffer. State workplace enforcement and training regulators will get the rest."

KRCB reported on the case this spring, after whistleblower Thomas Sargent, a former environmental health and safety specialist, was awarded a $387,000 settlement over claims he was harassed and forced to quit his job at SSU after complaining about asbestos contamination. 

Here's that report: