Mississippi Whistleblower law
Startled by the shiny, corroded band of lead connecting two pieces of pipe together, he began informing the public of his discovery.
Now, the near-graduate is out of a job.
On March 24, the city fired Yaeger from his full-time position.
Yaeger's said that in his job he was responsible for inspecting new water lines and preparing contract documents, among other tasks. He had just acquired the responsibility of managing the city’s storm water permit and said he was even expecting a promotion....
Public Works Director Keshia Powell terminated the Jackson State University student less than two weeks after he presented the lead joint to the Clarion-Ledger, which prompted a story about lead materials within the city’s water distribution system.
“I was disappointed in the decision of the director to, in my view, put the reputation of the city before the safety of the public,” Yaeger said. “I think what I did is ethically right.”
Mayor Tony Yarber’s spokeswoman, Shelia Byrd, did not return calls to the Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday, but emailed a statement. “It is City policy not to comment on personnel matters,” she wrote.
In a letter the city provided Yaeger at the time of his termination, Powell writes that Yaeger admitted to the department that he had spoken to a reporter and provided the lead joint to a noncity employee...
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Kingfish note: Mississippi Code Section 25-9-171 states a whistleblower is:
(j) "Whistleblower" means an employee who in good faith reports an alleged improper governmental action to a state investigative body, initiating an investigation. For purposes of the provisions of Sections 25-9-171 through 25-9-177, the term "whistleblower" also means an employee who in good faith provides information to a state investigative body, or an employee who is believed to have reported alleged improper governmental action to a state investigative body or to have provided information to a state investigative body but who, in fact, has not reported such action or provided such information.