Whistle Blower: Luster Heights Case Moves Forward

A whistle blower can find himself or herself in a precarious situation that could eventually lead to a wrongful termination or unwanted retaliatory action. It is important that the reporting-party feels safe and free to report illegal misconduct in their workplace. Employers are therefore prohibited from penalizing an employee that moves forward with a good faith allegation to proper authorities.

Luster Heights Prison Case

An ex-employee of Luster Heights prison camp is entitled to further review of his complaints. A recent Iowa Court of Appeals decision is allowing the whistleblowing case to move forward, which is a reversal of a lower court decision. It was concluded that Joseph P. Tekippe’s case has “genuine issues of material fact.”

In the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he began to experience problems in the workplace when he reported that a supervisor was stealing cigarettes from the commissary. Tekippe claims he was forced out of his job 2 years later. He is now seeking protection under the whistle blower statute.

Whistle Blowing in California

In order to help an employee report illegal or unfair conduct occurring within their workplace, a whistle blower statute prohibits an employer from retaliating against the whistleblower. In addition, a wronged employee can seek protection from many labor agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

If you are the victim of retaliation, then you should hire a highly regarded attorney to represent you. Contact Shegerian & Associates today to set up a consultation!