A Connecticut scientist who says she was infected by a dangerous virus while working in a Pfizer lab, has been awarded more than $1.3 million. WNPR's Diane Orson reports.
Becky McClain says she suffered bouts of intermittent paralysis after being exposed to a genetically engineered virus in the Pfizer lab. A U.S. District Court jury in Hartford found the company retaliated by firing McClain after she spoke out about unsafe workplace conditions. McClain’s attorney Bruce Newman says he hopes the verdict will focus attention on safety in the biotech field.
"Biological hazards are very new. There is billions of dollars going into this kind of research and its important that we try to do the best that we can as a society to keep workers and everyone safe."
Pfizer denies the allegations and says it will consider an appeal.
For WNPR News, I’m Diane Orson.