Case Summary: Settlement in Whistleblower Case
After a number of interviews with the defendant employer, the plaintiff accepted a managerial position and relocated to St. Louis. He was discharged 18 months later. He sued the employer and his immediate supervisor who had hired him and fired him. The allegations were that defendants had fraudulently misrepresented his working arrangement and that he was discharged by the supervisor to prevent him from reporting her misconduct. A critical issue was whether or not the Missouri "whistleblower" public policy exception to the employment at will doctrine applied to support a claim of wrongful discharge in a situation where the discharged plaintiff had neither gone over his supervisor's head to complain to senior management nor reported the misconduct to outside authorities. The case was pending in the City of St. Louis. There were no experts. The plaintiff's attorney was Maria V. Perron of The Perron Law Firm. Mediation and settlement for an undisclosed sum followed the denial of the defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment.