Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds No Protected Activity Under TPPA

Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds No Protected Activity Under TPPA

In Tidwell v. Holston Methodist Federal Credit Union (Tenn. Ct. App., E.S., 6/25/2020), the Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of Tidwell’s claim for retaliatory discharge under the Tennessee Public Protection Act (“TPPA”). Tidwell worked for the employer credit union as its CEO. The employer fired Tidwell after an audit by the National Credit Union Administration showed compliance failures. Tidwell discussed those failures with her board members before she was fired. Tidwell sued, alleging she was fired in violation of the TPPA. The trial court granted the employer’s motion to dismiss and the Court of Appeals affirmed. The Court held Tidwell failed to establish she made a protected report under the TPPA as raising concerns with board members already implicated in unlawful activity did not constitute a protected report under the TPPA.

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