A lawsuit filed by 19 former and current employees of the Broward County Courthouse contends the building has made them sick.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday that employees are seeking compensation for their illnesses and want the building to be vacated.
The lawsuit claims the Fort Lauderdale courthouse is infested with toxic mold and asbestos fibers are in the air. They claim this exposes them to health problems.
Attorney and former state Sen. Skip Campbell says he believes the county has "totally neglected this courthouse."
Broward County commissioners agreed two years ago to build a new $328 million courthouse, but construction has been delayed. County officials told the newspaper the current building remains a safe place to work.
In court documents the county denies the presence of asbestos fibers and toxic mold in the courthouse.