Tax Department Employee Claims Retaliation

As the state auditor and Legislature look into controversial contracts between the Hawaii State Department of Taxation and the information technology company CGI Group Inc., one tax department employee has filed a grievance saying she was retaliated against for speaking up within the department.

The unnamed employee claims she was publicly reprimanded by acting director Stanley Shiraki for speaking out about something she saw as wrong within the tax department, according to the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA). Shiraki, who was the department's deputy director at the time of the incident, allegedly called into question the employee's competency in an email to the employee and to legislators after the employee voiced her concerns.

The grievance is currently pending, and further details cannot be released until the case is resolved, union officials said.1

Acting Director of the Department of Taxation Stan Shiraki said he could not comment on the grievance because the complaint is still in process.

"I have a response," Shiraki told Civil Beat in a phone conversation. "But I don't think I can say it."

The tax department has come under scrutiny by both legislators and the auditor for more than $87 million in contracts with CGI. The Montreal-based information technology company was awarded multiple contracts to build and maintain computer systems for the tax department since 1999.

  1. A previous version of this story said the grievance was in arbitration. The grievance is pending.  

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