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Fired Lake Worth Utilities employees bring lawsuit

By Ashley Glass - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - New fallout stemming from an alleged computer security breach at Lake Worth Utilities.

Two fired employees, who made serious claims that launched a FBI investigation, are now suing the power company.

Fox 29 first reported on this Back in July. The so-called "whistle blowers" claimed they were berated and fired for bringing it up.

Our partners at the Palm Beach Post obtained details of the lawsuit stating a former employee and his supervisor were unjustly fired. The suit says they tried to report security problems at the city's power plant, but managers told them to deny it.

They claimed staff members tampered with an engineering console to hack into the city's security system and possibly crash the power grid. Then, they were fired in August.

After discussing their concerns at a city meeting, the city's mayor responded to the lawsuit calling it a case of disgruntled employees and not a security issue. Both a city consultant and the FBI never found a problem with security at the plant.

As for the lawsuit, the former employees say they want back-pay, attorney's fees paid and their jobs back.

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