Ohio Environmental Protection Agency employee Paul Jayko lost his position for exposing that public schools were being built on contaminated land causing a high occurrence of cancer. After a preliminary investigation, he concluded that there was a “strong potential for human health risk.” His report recommended that the Ohio EPA immediately conduct further environmental tests.
He attempted to investigate the cause of a cancer cluster plaguing the Marion Ohio Public Schools that were built on a former Army toxic waste dump site. Jayko’s responsibilities were gradually removed, he was cut off from information and excluded from meetings, and he received a notice from the personnel department informing him of a possible suspension or termination.
Later, the manager responsible for retaliation against Mr. Jayko lost his bid to become Director of Enforcement for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in large part due to the finding by the judge in the Jayko case that the head of Ohio’s EPA personally retaliated against Mr. Jayko.
After winning a hotly contested trial on the merits, whistleblower attorneys, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, obtained a favorable settlement, which included full compensation for Mr. Jayko, and his reassignment as an on-site coordinator.