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My friend definitely had an obligation under the conditions of his employment to report this to his supervisor, which he did. Also, this supervisor is supportive and sympathetic, since he was very upset that my friend would be terminated under these conditions. This supervisor is willing to give supporting testimony.
In reading over carefully your initial reply, I am not clear on the point that you are making. How I read what you said is that if someone is in a protected class such as race, religion, etc, then if the employer terminates him for that reason, or discriminates with compensation or in terms, conditions or privileges of employment, then there may be grounds for a discrimination action.
But in this instance, my friend is not a member of one of these protected classes. Rather, you are saying that if he had an obligation as part of his job to report a transgression (which clearly he did), and then is discriminated in a disparate manner from other employees, that he may have grounds for a discrimination lawsuit. I do not see how these two legal points are directly connected.
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