Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee, Paul Jayko, discovered that public schools in Marion, Ohio were being built on a former Army toxic waste dump site. After investigating the high occurrence of cancer in the area, Jayko concluded there was a “strong potential for human health risk” and recommended that the Ohio EPA immediately conduct further environmental tests. After making this recommendation, Jayko found that his responsibilities were gradually removed, culminating in a notice from the personnel department informing him of a possible suspension or termination.
To fight against this retaliation, Jayko enlisted the support of whistleblower attorneys as well as communications and advocacy support from NWC. Ultimately, Jayko obtained a favorable settlement that included full compensation and his reassignment as an on-site coordinator.