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2 Kauai County employee lawsuits cost taxpayers $1M

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Two lawsuits filed by Kauai County employees cost taxpayers about $1 million.

Lihue's Garden Island newspaper reported Friday defending the county in the two cases cost more than half-a-million dollars, and settlements for both totaled $425,000.

County Auditor Ernesto Pasion accepted a $300,000 settlement for his lawsuit alleging retaliation by the mayor and county council for his audit on fuel costs.

Kauai Department of Water Project Manager Dustin Moises agreed to a $125,000 settlement for his lawsuit alleging he was discriminated against for being too young.

County Council Chair Mel Rapozo says he's not happy with the cost spent to defend the Pasion case, which Rapozo says was especially complex. The county hired a Honolulu firm to handle the case.

County attorney staff worked on the Moises case.

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