A former SAWS employee was awarded $275,000 in state district court here in Bexar County.  See San Antonio Express News report. Kevin Martin claimed he was fired because he reported that employees were improperly exposed to asbestos pipes. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigated and found violations. Sounds like a whistle blower lawsuit. 

As always, the employer claimed they fired the employee for other reasons. SAWS plans to appeal. San Antonio water System also lost a jury decision a few years ago in another large employment verdict.  That jury verdict was overturned on appeal.