"There's a climate in the Scott administration where employees are not encouraged to do the right thing and are penalized for doing so"
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the same agency which, under Rick Scott, spent millions on a new website that didn't work and blocked the benefits of the unemployed for months, has cost Floridians a lot more than the public was previously aware of.
It turns out that the DEO improperly reported Floridians to collection agencies for alleged unemployment overpayments in 97 cases, and a DEO employee who reported this to her supervisors and the governor's office was subsequently placed on administrative leave and then fired.
Dianne Parcell, the employee and whistleblower won a $250,000 judgment against the state. Because Scott's DEO unfairly reported at least 19,000 innocent, unemployed Floridians to the collection agencies, the cost to Florida taxpayers is potentially $1.9 billion in liabilities.