Last week, Detroit Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio was fired by GM Al Avila for what was then described as "Making an insensitive comment directed at a team employee." Though he didn't disclose the nature of the insensitive comment at the time, Avila said that the team has a "Zero tolerance" policy for the conduct in question, adding that he holds team employees "To the highest standards of personal conduct on and off the field." Later ESPN reported that Bosio was fired for calling someone a "Spider monkey." The Tigers and Bosio differ on the person to whom Bosio was referring. The attendant pushed back at Bosio for the comment, and an additional team employee witnessed the exchange. Bosio is insistent that he was wrongfully terminated - so much so that he has threatened to sue the team for wrongful termination. If Bosio is telling the truth and if there aren't specific written rules, Bosio may have a claim under those "Legitimate expectations." In other words, an employee can't be terminated for reasonably relying on those written and oral policies that an employer made them aware of, and for not following rules they weren't aware of. Bosio had been a problem since the start of spring training, not because of any serious flaws on the pitching or tutorial side, but because of the occasionally abusive way in which he treated people. Whereas Bosio may have a prima facie case for wrongful termination, it does not seem as though it would be a winning one.

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