Whistleblower Act—Report of Violation of Law

Whistleblower Act—Report of Violation of Law—County Immunity from Contract Liability— Patterson v. Marcantel, 2017 WL 4844514 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2017) (not for publication)—The plaintiff’s alleged report of the violation of internal department policy did not constitute protected whistleblowing because an internal policy is not a “law” for purposes of the Whistleblower Act. The plaintiff’s breach of contract claim against the defendant county failed because the alleged wrongful discharge was a termination of employment at will, and in any event the statute that waives immunity from liability for municipal governments, Local Gov’t Code §271.152, does not apply to counties. See id. § 271.151(3).

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