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Sutton v. Tomco Machining, Inc., Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-2723 (OH 2011)

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Ohio Supreme Court Expands Claims for Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy

Ogletree Deakins • June 10, 2011
A thorn in the side of many Ohio employers is the claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy. The basic concept of wrongful termination in violation of public policy is an exception to “termination at will,” in that employers cannot terminate an at-will employee if the termination would violate “public policy.” There are obvious violations of public policy such as terminating an employee who reports tax fraud to the IRS, or reports an employer's criminal law violation to police. But other potential claims are less obvious. It is these less obvious ones that often show up in complaints and leave employers vulnerable.