The City of Atlanta has an entire section in its municipal code relating to tree protection. Thomas Coffin used to be the Senior Arborist for the city. Then he reported that some of the arborists were not adhering to the ordinance, and found himself without a job
Mr. Coffin settled with the City of Atlanta today for $165,000 in damages, as well as attorneys fees and a consent order allowing the city to vest his pension rights. Coffin’s case is an example of whistleblowing. All too frequently, employees witness co-workers or supervisors engaged in activities that are harmful or unlawful. Reporting that activity is commonly known as whistle blowing. Frequently, those employees fear retaliation if they report what they’ve seen.