Permian employee fired for refusing to commit a crime
Donald Austin filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination against Texas-based oil and gas drilling manufacturer Permian Tank & Manufacturing, Permian Holdings, Lide Industries, and Lide employee Dennis Pusser on August 6 for allegedly firing him after he refused to join in the company’s pollution violations and cover-up, Courthouse News Service reported on August 7.
PermianLide apparently contaminated ground and water with pollutants, and Austin refused to participate in covering this up; he claimed he would have violated the Clean Water Act. Austin also asserted that Pusser, his superior, assaulted him during their confrontation, and that the company refuses to return several power tools Austin owns.
Under state and federal law, Texas employees have protection under labor and employment laws. If you are working in Texas and you believe your rights as an employee are being undermined, call the Austin-based attorneys of The Melton Law Firm at (512) 330-0017, and learn how we can help you pursue legal action.