Dicomes v. State

In Dicomes v. State, 113 Wn.2d 612, 782 P.2d 1002 (1989 ), involving whistleblowing, the court refused to find the public policy exception applied. There, contrary to the plaintiff's belief, there was no violation of statute where certain surplus funds in the Department of Licensing budget were not expended, nor was clear legislative intent contravened. The court noted that the employee was not faced with the choice of violating the law or sacrificing her job; she was instead faced with a difference of opinion, and her "good faith belief in the righteousness of her conduct was too tenuous a ground upon which to base a claim for wrongful discharge." Id. at 624.