Sometimes, workers who try to do the right thing by reporting employer misdeeds, are wrongfully fired for doing so. However, when this is the case, it is possible that the employee may have legal recourse. Take, for example, a Washington, D.C., fire captain, who has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the district in the amount of $2.5 million. She claims she was wrongfully terminated after being unfairly blamed for a sluggish response, the fire department had to a 2008 fire in an apartment complex in Mount Pleasant. The woman had been a firefighter for 18 years.
The woman emailed the fire chief, explaining that her supervisor did not allow her to inspect the apartment complex's basement where the blaze began. A later investigation determined that the department's failure to inspect the basement was fatal to its ability to control the blaze, which did indeed begin in the basement. After sending the email to the fire chief, the woman was asked to undergo a psychological evaluation. She declined to do so and was ultimately let go from her job in October 2009.