We shared the news about the original award last August. Former Autism Researcher Prevails on Whistleblower Claim Against University of Utah Ms. Zimmerman has won an additional award.
Written by Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake City (Utah) News
A federal judge has ordered the University of Utah to pay another $216,798 to an autism researcher who says her superiors retaliated against her.
The amount is in addition to what a jury awarded Judith Zimmerman in August — $119,640 for lost wages. The U. also must pay $10,080 in court and deposition costs.
“The University is disappointed in this decision,” said Kathy Wilets, a spokeswoman for University of Utah Healthcare, “and is seeking advice from the Attorney General’s office regarding an appeal.”
Zimmerman’s attorney, April Hollingsworth, said her client feels vindicated by the awards.
“They took away her livelihood and her reputation,” Hollingsworth said Tuesday, “and really what else could she do but fight it?”
Zimmerman was a speech language pathologist who in 2005 accepted a faculty position and was named director of the database known as the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. In 2012, she became concerned that researchers were accessing the data without authorization, perhaps violating patients’ privacy and exposing them to unwanted attention from schools and employers. Read more here at the Salt Lake City Tribune