Paul Jayko was an Environmental Specialist for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. He was terminated by the head of the Ohio EPA for exposing that public schools were being built on contaminated land causing a high occurrence of cancer. He attempted to investigate the cause of a cancer cluster plaguing the Marion Ohio Public Schools that were built on a former Army toxic waste dump site.
Later, the manager responsible for retaliation against Mr. Jayko lost his bid to become Director of Enforcement for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in large part due to the finding by the judge in the Jayko case that the head of Ohio’s EPA personally retaliated against Mr. Jayko.
After winning a hotly contested trial on the merits, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto obtained a favorable settlement, which included full compensation for Mr. Jayko, and his reassignment as an on-site coordinator.