Hausman v. St. Croix Care Ctr

In Hausman v. St. Croix Care Ctr., 214 Wis. 2d 655, 669, 571 N.W.2d 393 (1997), the supreme court broadened the exception to also encompass situations where an employee is terminated because he or she complies with a "fundamental and well-defined" legal duty, Hausman, 214 Wis. 2d at 669. The Court noted that "public policy of protecting nursing home residents from abuse is fundamental and well-defined," and holding that where employee has affirmative legal duty "to prevent abuse or neglect of nursing home residents and the employee fulfills that obligation by reporting the abuse, an employer's termination of employment for fulfillment of the legal obligation exposes the employer to a wrongful termination action".