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Suit says ex-social worker fired over whistle-blowing

A former social worker for the state of Utah says she lost her job when she tried to blow the whistle on an allegedly improper placement of a foster child.

Lois Bass filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday, claiming Robin Arnold-Williams, executive director of the Department of Human Services, terminated her employment in April 1997, after Bass reported that a child had been placed in a foster home where the father had been convicted of two counts of child sexual abuse.

Janina Chilton, spokesperson for the department, said no one had "seen any papers yet. It's hard for us to comment until we see the complaint."

Bass claims her due process rights were violated and is seeking unspecified damages.