A Texas Department of Public Safety office that investigates workplace deaths will pay $721,000 to settle the claims of three former employees, according to documents filed Thursday.
The payments to two former employees of the department and a third former employee will be paid on a pro rata basis.
The settlement agreement requires the Department of Insurance and the state to pay the former employees at least $1,735,903.30, plus an amount for attorney fees of $4,976,624.50.
The former employees also are entitled to $750,000 in attorney fees and costs, as well as a $250,000 civil penalty, according the documents.
The former employees are William W. Miller, 47, of Dallas; William H. Brown, 51, of Houston; and Robert E. Bickert, 47.
Miller has been a DPS employee since 1998, and Brown since 1993.
The lawsuit alleged that they repeatedly made false statements to DPS officials, including to officials at the state’s health department, the Texas Health Institute and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.