Legislation that provides protection for public employees against retaliation for reporting waste and wrongdoing doesn’t pre-empt the right to a jury trial of wrongful discharge claims, Allegheny (Pa.) County Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick has ruled.
In McCarty v. Magee-Women’s Hospital, (C.P. Allegheny, June 12, 2008) Wettick denied a defense motion to strike the plaintiffs demand for a jury trial on a wrongful discharge claim under the public policy exception to the at-will employment doctrine.
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