Grant v. Butler

In Grant v. Butler, 590 So. 2d 254 (Ala. 1991), the Supreme Court of Alabama declined to recognize a claim for wrongful termination against public policy in a case where at-will employees were fired for reporting certain hazardous workplace conditions to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.. The Alabama Supreme Court reasoned that it was for the legislature to "ameliorate some of the harshness of the employee-at-will doctrine." Id. at 256. The Court held that the remedy provided by the federal OSH Act was adequate to protect the interest of the public and the rights of the employee and determined that it was therefore "unnecessary to create a new tort remedy to cover this kind of situation." Id. at 257.