Rail project whistleblower lawsuit attracts federal scrutiny

Rail project whistleblower lawsuit attracts federal scrutiny
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HONOLULU (AP) - A rail contractor whistleblower says the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general has inquired about his claims.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that 55-year-old Edward Morris says he was fired last year from his job as a quality manager for Honolulu rail contractor Traylor Bros. Inc.

A lawsuit filed in Honolulu circuit court in January says Morris and others working on an airport rail segment voiced concerns over lack of adherence to project requirements.

Morris says he has been contacted by the transportation department’s inspector general, but his attorney says he has not yet been interviewed.

Traylor Bros. is a partner in a joint $874.7 million design-build contract awarded by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

An attorney for Traylor Bros. says they dispute Morris’s claims.

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