All workers are protected by law in the workplace. This is even true for those whose job it is to uphold the law. A local police chief in West Virginia has decided to sue the city government and the city's mayor for wrongful employment termination.
The former chief of police is alleging that he was terminated because of his investigations into irregularities in the city's fiscal affairs. The man filed his lawsuit against the city and the mayor as an individual as well as in his mayoral capacity. The lawsuit was filed with the court in mid-August.
The police chief was originally hired in July 2013. During the beginning of his time as chief of police, he began to see some peculiarities in the city's expenditures. This prompted him to begin an investigation into what was going on with the city's finances. However, when he asked the mayor about the peculiarities, he claims that he was denied information and many times simply ignored. Therefore, the man requested records of the city's finances using the Freedom of Information Act.
However, after filing the request, the mayor terminated the man's employment promptly the next morning. The former chief of police's legal complaint accuses the defendants of employment termination in contravention of public policy. If the plaintiff is successful, he may be able to obtain some monetary reimbursement for being wrongfully terminated. This will help offset the loss of income caused by being terminated by the mayor and the city, which is located in West Virginia.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Former Ansted police chief files wrongful termination suit", Annie Cosby, Sept. 12, 2014