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Robert D. Meyers, Glankler Brown, Memphis, TN, served as lead counsel for the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association in an amicus brief before the Tennessee Supreme Court in Haynes v. Formac Stables, Inc., 2015 Wl 1400917 (Tem. Mar, 27, 2015). In this case, the Plaintiff asserted claims for retaliatory discharge pursuant to common law and Tennessee whistleblower statutes, alleging that the owner of the business for which Plaintiff worked engaged in illegal conduct then terminated the Plaintiff’s employment when he complained. Plaintiff alleged that the owner refused to allow Plaintiff to leave work to obtain medical treatment for an on-the-job injury.

The trial court dismissed the claim because Plaintiff had not reported the conduct to anyone other than the owner, and the court of appeals affirmed. Robert argued to the supreme court that it should also affirm because the whistleblower statute affords protection only when an employee reports conduct to someone other than the wrongdoer, including reporting to an outside entity when the wrongdoer is the manager, owner, or highest ranking officer in the company. The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals.

Well done, Robert!

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