A state university employee alleges she was terminated for reporting to the university's president allegations that her supervisor received in-state tuition in violation of state law. Under the Texas Whistleblower Act, a whistleblower cannot reasonably believe his supervisor is an appropriate law-enforcement authority if the supervisor's power extends no further than ensuring the governmental body itself complies with the law. An entity capable only of disciplining its employees internally is not an 'appropriate law enforcement authority' under the act. The court of appeals' judgment is reversed and the case is dismissed. Texas Supreme Court, No. 11-0469, 02-22-2013.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville v. Moreno
Tx. Sup. Ct.
March 13, 2013