American Machinist

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Earl Taylor began working for Modern Engineering Inc. in 1988. Under a contract between Modern and DaimlerChrysler, Taylor worked at the Chrysler Jeep Truck Engineering Plant in Michigan as a wood modelmaker. As computer-aided design (CAD) made handmade wood models nearly obsolete, Taylor was assigned to other carpentry tasks at the Jeep plant. Taylor was idle about half of his working hours.

On February 26, 1999, Modern Engineering terminated Taylor, telling him that he was no longer qualified to do the work his employer needed him to do. Modern said that DaimlerChrysler needed a programmer who knew how to use the company's CAD program. Taylor, however, asserted protection under the Whistleblowers Protection Act. …

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