Monday, January 26, 2009
Supreme Court shores up whistleblower protections of employees
Today, the Supreme Court, in the case Crawford v. Nashville School District, held that a suit from an employee who spoke in an internal affairs investigation regarding workplace harassment and then was fired, can go forward.
The case seems to be a test of how far whistleblower protection and anti-retaliation provisions in labor law go. The opinion text is here.
The daily Tennessean has this account from the AP.
The ruling may be more important for local government employees, especially teachers, but it might apply to the workplace in general, even the IT workplace. The case was discussed in the Jim Lehrer news hour on PBS Jan. 26.