A state judge approved a settlement Friday that gives more than $14 million in back pay to thousands of Hawaii's substitute teachers.
David Garner has led a decade-long lawsuit against the state Department of Education on behalf of about 9,000 substitute teachers.
He says they were being paid about $50 less per day than the law required between 2000 and 2005 and has been fighting this battle through three governors.
"All of them fought us tooth and nail for the past 10 years and it's finally a relief to get vindication in that they were breaking the law and we're finally going to get partial payment," said Garner. "We're still fighting the interest. Abercrombie continues to fight us on the interest."
Lawyers say 825 substitute teachers will be paid $10,000 or more. The state says March 5 is the earliest payments will be made.