EXCLUSIVE: City employee alleges drinking at workplace

Published: Jan. 1, 2015 at 2:50 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2015 at 3:39 PM HST
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PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A longtime city refuse worker alleges that employees at the Pearl City baseyard were allowed to drink at the workplace during holiday events.

Cedric Williams, a refuse collection crew leader, said his supervisor also drank alcohol while he was on the clock and when he was being paid overtime.

"There's a lot of it," he said.

"It's rampant."

Williams alleged that workers held a Christmas Party at the baseyard more than a week ago where alcoholic drinks were served. He said he followed his supervisor that night and videotaped him driving before the manager was allegedly stopped by police in Ewa.

"(He) was leaving the yard wobbling. After locking up the gate, I followed him as he was weaving on the road," Williams said.

The city said it is investigating the allegations but declined to address specific charges. City rules ban drinking on its premises.

Williams said he followed his supervisor because he had filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city. That suit alleged that Williams was retaliated against for reporting his manager's alleged on-the-job drinking.

We talked to several off-duty city refuse workers who they do drink socially after work but only at a nearby lot that's off city property.

As for Williams, he said he's been placed on paid leave in retaliation for his complaints. But he believes he will be vindicated by the legal system.

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