- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal officials say trustees for a Southern California cement masons union and their administrative firm will pay $630,000 to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit.

The suit accused officials with Cement Masons Union Local 600 in Bell Gardens of firing three employees for speaking up about alleged financial wrongdoing by the labor organization’s leader.

In announcing the settlement, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday the money will be paid to the former employees in lost wages and damages.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1Jy5f1A ) the official accused of wrongdoing, business manager Scott Brain, remains a defendant in a separate civil suit. A trial is set for February.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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