Abusive discharge example

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After discovering secret bank accounts held by her employer, Lisa reported her suspicions of fraudulent activity to the police.  Since the state had no whistleblower act and Lisa was an at-will employee, her employer decided to fire her immediately.

Lisa sued her employer for wrongful termination and abusive discharge.  The court quickly dismissed Lisa's claim for wrongful termination because she could not show any contract that was breached or any statute that was violated.

However, Lisa ended up winning on her claim of abusive discharge.  After all, the state courts had clearly articulated a general public policy of protecting people who file police reports in good faith.  By violating public policy, Lisa's employer became liable for abusive discharge even if it did not break any specific laws.