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Ex-worker for ITD contractor sues over firing

A construction worker has filed a lawsuit against the Idaho Transportation Department and a contractor hired to work on a U.S. Highway 95 bypass near Sandpoint, saying he was wrongfully terminated.

Jay Nelson worked for Washington-based Parsons RCI, Inc., on the Sand Creek Byway in northern Idaho and claims he was fired in August after reporting safety violations and the sexual harassment of a female worker.

Nelson filed a civil lawsuit in Idaho’s 1st District Court last week.

The bypass will route U.S. 95 from downtown Sandpoint across Sand Creek and a three-lane highway. It’s among a series of huge construction projects designed to improve traffic safety in the tourist region.

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