'Whistleblower' alleges too much grass at the Golf ChannelTue Feb 09, 2010 @ 10:01AM PST
By Eriq Gardner
Soon after reporting the incidents to higher-ups, Kochis claims he was harassed. Colleagues allegedly refused to carpool with him, refused to share hotel rooms with him, altered his time sheet, and wrote messages like "Kochis is a rat" and "Kochis sucks d***" around the workplace.
Kochis says he met with officials at NEP Broadcasting and the Golf Channel, saying he wanted a drug-free environment and begged for help in resolving the harassment. He was terminated in June 2008. He's now seeking $100,000 as a result of wrongful discharge and violation of Ohio's Whistleblowers Protection Act.
"Golf Channel does not tolerate drug use at the workplace by its employees or by third party contractors. Mr. Kochis was hired by and worked for NEP, not Golf Channel. Beyond this, it is our policy not to comment on matters that are the subject of pending litigation."