Fort Lauderdale courthouse employees sue over mold in building


Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 9:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 9:51 a.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Five employees at a South Florida courthouse say mold in the building is making them sick.

The 50-year-old Fort Lauderdale courthouse has been closed for days at a time because of flooding and power outages.

Five employees sued the county and three companies that worked on various repair and cleaning projects at the courthouse. Their attorney said Tuesday the employees all suffered serious respiratory problems stemming from the building's condition. They want damages and court services to be relocated elsewhere.

County Mayor Stacy Ritter says officials are trying to fix the courthouse's problems.

Miami's federal courthouse has had similar problems. A federal judge's family has filed a lawsuit contending mold in that building contributed to illnesses that caused his death.

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