Owen, a counter clerk at Pastry Bakery, notices that the bakers are not wearing protective gloves while preparing baked goods, a violation of state law. Owen reports this to Quinn, the owner, who does nothing. Owen tells Roberta, a reporter for STUV, a local television station. STUV reports the violations on a newscast. Pastry’s business drops 40 percent. Can Quinn fire Owen for this? What protections does Owen have? Are there any tort claims, which ones and what are the claims and defenses?

Owen, a counter clerk at Pastry Bakery, notices that the bakers are not wearing protective gloves while preparing baked goods, a violation of state law. Owen reports this to Quinn, the owner, who does nothing. Owen tells Roberta, a reporter for STUV, a local television station. STUV reports the violations on a newscast. Pastry’s business drops 40 percent. Can Quinn fire Owen for this? What protections does Owen have? Are there any tort claims, which ones and what are the

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