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WSI whistleblower sues agency

BISMARCK -- Todd Flanagan, one of five former employees of Workforce Safety and Insurance who sought whistleblower status, has sued the agency. Flanagan was a WSI fraud investigator and was fired Dec. 5. The lawsuit was served on WSI yesterday, t...

BISMARCK -- Todd Flanagan, one of five former employees of Workforce Safety and Insurance who sought whistleblower status, has sued the agency.

Flanagan was a WSI fraud investigator and was fired Dec. 5.

The lawsuit was served on WSI yesterday, the interim executive director, Bruce Furness, told the WSI board this afternoon.

Flanagan's suit alleges WSI officials violated the state's whistleblower protection law by firing him for statements he made to prosecutors during an investigation of former executive director Sandy Blunt.

The civil complaint also names Blunt; former interim executive director John Halvorson, who is now the agency's chief operating officer; WSI's general counsel, Jodi Bjornson; WSI attorney Rob Forward, and former WSI board chairman Bob Indvik of Bottineau.

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He is seeking unspecified damages in a range over $50,000.

Janell Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Dickinson Press.

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