Smith contends health department officials Sarah Kemble and Danette Tomiyasu gave vague reasons for terminating her at a meeting on May 21 and denied her her due process rights as a union member.
“I spoke out last year to public officials and the public, because the people of Hawaii could not be safe and healthy during the pandemic unless they and those making public health policy knew the facts,” Smith said in a written statement distributed by her attorney on Wednesday. “No one should be misinformed, uninformed, or left to guess about the actual risks from or most effective responses to the pandemic.”
Smith is seeking her job back along with back pay, among other things, according to the lawsuit.
A spokesman for the Department of Health confirmed Smith is no longer with the agency but referred further questions about her lawsuit to the Attorney General’s Office.
Read the full complaint here:
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