A settlement has been reached in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit with two of the key players in B.C.’s health firings scandal.
Former health ministry researchers Rebecca and William Warburton and five others were fired in 2012 after an alleged data breach.
The government later apologized for mishandling the issue and admitted the allegations had not been proven, but explained little else.
Some employees were rehired, while others launched legal action against the province and then-health minister Margaret MacDiarmid.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says it became clear during the Warburtons’ lawsuit that the government should settle.
“That’s what discoveries are in a lawsuit. We learn more about each other’s cases, and it was determined by the parties that the settlement was appropriate and could be reached, and so that settlement was reached today.”
She says her staff are co-operating with the Office of the Ombudsperson to ensure a thorough investigation.
The Opposition and others targeted in the scandal have called for a public inquiry, which the BC Liberals have rejected.
The Warburtons have released a statement, saying they “have been exonerated and our reputations for acting honourably and in the public interest have been restored.”
They didn’t wouldn’t say much else, only that “it is clear from … the size of the cash settlement that the government shares our view.”