The Ohio Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of the public-policy wrongful discharge claim in Ohio. In Leininger v. Pioneer Nat’l Latex, the Ohio Supreme Court said employees couldn’t claim wrongful discharge after being fired for speaking out on alleged age discrimination.
Here’s what the decision means: While it may be against public policy to engage in age discrimination, employees have no independent rights to job protection merely because they speak out against such discrimination.
Brief history of public-policy wrongful discharge claims
Before 1990, Ohio courts did not recognize a claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. An at-will employment state, Ohio had long adhered to the general rule that either party to an oral employment-at-will agreement may terminate the employment relationship for any reason that is not contrary to law.
In 1990, however, the Ohio Supreme Court reversed its position ...(register to read more)