(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Whistleblowing Salon reports on successful whistleblower suits (one plaintiff's victory, one settlement) by DynCorp employees who claim to have been fired for blowing the whistle on fellow employees' involvement in a sex-slave trade. Really. Now realize that those employees would have been completely out of luck in Alabama, which remains an "employment at will" state.

UPDATE: It continues to surprise me how many people don't realize that most American workers, particularly in non-organized workplaces, can be fired for a variety of silly reasons with no recourse. Slate's advice columnist, for instance, opined the other day that people can't be fired for sniffing shoes -- but I'd be quite surprised if such a firing (of an employee not protected by a union contract) would be unlawful anywhere, and I know that there are many places where it would be lawful.

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