- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The operator of a shuttered Lane County mental health foster home has been ordered to pay more than $20,000 to a former employee who reported that the home had an inadequate food supply for its residents.

The Register-Guard reports (http://goo.gl/3g9RxY ) the state Bureau of Labor and Industries found that Blue Gryphon LLC violated Lewis Garchow’s civil rights as a whistle blower and unlawfully retaliated against him.

Garchow had reported that the foster home’s five patients were not supplied with sufficient food while owner Flora Turnbull was on vacation.

Lane County stopped funding Blue Gryphon less than three weeks after an inspection into the food shortage began.

Turnbull, who has been ordered to undergo training on Oregon’s whistle-blowing laws, says the county closed Blue Gryphon because of financial reasons.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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