Private employers can be sued for retaliating against “whistleblowers” in certain limited contexts. The Texas Supreme Court has made an exception to the employment at-will rule allowing a former employee to sue any private employer for wrongful termination if the employee can prove that he or she was terminated solely for refusing to comply with the employer’s request that he or she engage in a criminal act. Other whistleblower laws provide causes of action to the employees of narrower classes of private employers. For instance, one statute enables employees of healthcare facilities to sue their employers if they are retaliated against for reporting in good faith the violation of a law.
The Whistleblower’s Act applies generally to Texas public employers, including:
The public employer cannot suspend or terminate the employment of...
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