Jeff and Toraun Schmeling married in 2011 while he was in the midst of an appeal contesting his dismissal as a correctional officer from San Quentin State Prison. He died a year later. Today, his widow is owed five years’ worth of his back wages.
Jeff and Toraun Schmeling married in 2011 while he was in the midst of an appeal contesting his dismissal as a correctional officer from San Quentin State Prison. He died a year later. Today, his widow is owed five years’ worth of his back wages. Photo courtesy of Toraun Schmeling
Jeff and Toraun Schmeling married in 2011 while he was in the midst of an appeal contesting his dismissal as a correctional officer from San Quentin State Prison. He died a year later. Today, his widow is owed five years’ worth of his back wages. Photo courtesy of Toraun Schmeling

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State worker’s bosses fired him over a medical test. Now taxpayers owe his widow $500,000

August 01, 2017 12:42 PM

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