Can whistleblowing rental manager be fired?

Rent it Right

Q: I am a tenant and also the manager for our apartment building. I’ve just been fired from the manager’s job, and given a termination notice, too. Here’s what happened: The owner has been refurbishing rental units as they come vacant, having our maintenance crew rip up old floors and repaint. The building is old and I’m certain that the guys are dealing with lead paint and asbestos floor tiles. The owner told me to shut up about it, and for a while I did. But my conscience got the better of me, and I called the local health department, who sent an inspector over.