We are continuing our discussion of a case that will be of special interest to Milwaukee's animal lovers. The animals in question here were police dogs. When a sheriff's deputy agreed to speak with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about a coworker's abuse of the dogs, he did so with the understanding that his identity would not be revealed. He feared retaliation.
Not every whistle-blower case involves corporate malfeasance on an epic scale. Not every whistle-blower case garners the attention of '60 Minutes' or earns a headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Most of the time, the case involves a regular employee who reports wrongful or illegal conduct on the part of his employer only to lose his job for his trouble.
In our last post, we discussed the background of a Fair Labor Standards Act case before the Supreme Court that dealt with alleged worker retaliation and the definition of "filing a complaint." In this post, we will discuss the arguments the Supreme Court heard in the case.
The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments about whether an employee who walks up to a supervisor to inform the supervisor of a potential illegal act counts as filing a formal complaint with an employer. The question will play a role in helping the Supreme Court decide whether a former plastics worker will get retaliation protection under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In this post, we will discuss the events that led up to the arguments before the United States Supreme Court. In the next post, we will discuss the arguments on both sides of the issue.