A judge has cleared the way for dozens of former student’s in California’s Central Valley to take their school district to trial over fears that a job-training program exposed them to cancer.
Attorney Allen Sawyer said this week he represents 61 former students of the Merced County Office of Education. He alleges that a decade ago, they renovated asbestos-laden buildings at an old military base without proper protection.
In a separate case, three men who ran the program through a nonprofit were found guilty and sent to prison.
An attorney for the county office of education, Leonard Herr, argues the students have access to health care provided through workers’ compensation.
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