Hawaii Employment Law Decisions from January 10, 2016 to January 16, 2016 – Jeffrey S. Harris

U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii

District court dismissed former employee's state wrongful discharge claim, because government contract violations involve no clear mandate of public policy.  District court dismissed former employee's state whistleblower act constructive claim because concerns about possible safety or government contract violations were not sufficiently intolerable that reasonable employee would have felt compelled to resign.  McCaughey v. Ansaldo Honolulu JV, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3521 (D. Haw. Jan. 12, 2016).

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