Is this wrongful discharge

I worked as a certified fire inspector. The company I worked for started a new policy for our inspection reports we fill out. This new policy is illegal. I let the employer know it, and anonymously questioned the state Fire Marshal's office concerning the issue. The Fire Marshal's office confirmed that it was illegal. I have repeatedly told the employer that it was wrong but, was demanded to do it or lose my job. During my recent annual employee evaluation I was told I am doing a great job and would be getting a 3% raise. I make much less than the average in the field and less than any other employee with the same or less experience. I asked for a larger raise and was told NO and that maybe I should look elsewhere. I told the employer that I would have to at some time consider that option and that I would let him know. I left the office and the employer came after me and then stated how such a horrible employee I was and that I was fired. I beleive I was fired in retaliation for accusing the company of an illegal policy.

1 answer  |  asked Jan 20, 2011 5:22 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Bruce Elfvin
You may be right, but there appears to be less of a connection to the 'illegal' issue and more of a connection to your response to the employer on the amount of the raise. It is or will be your burden to prove that you were terminated for raising the issue of illegality as the motivating factor.

You should discuss your situation with an employment lawyer near you. You can find one at

posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  Jan 21, 2011 10:26 AM [EST]

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