In the case of Underwood v. Cuyahoga Community College, 2023-Ohio-4180, an appellate court held that only at-will employees can bring a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
In this case, the employee argued that the employer-college wrongfully terminated the employee for improper motive and in violation of public policy after he alleged theft that the college failed to investigate. The appellate court rejected this claim out of hand, noting that the employee was employed subject to a series of renewable contracts and was not an at-will employee as required for a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
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Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.
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