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right, duties and responsibilities." Novosel v. Nationwide Insurance Co., 721 F.2d 894,
899 (3d Cir.1983). This recognized public policy exception is an especially narrow one.
Burkholder v. Hutchison, 403 Pa.Super. 498, 589 A.2d 721, 724 (1991). To date, the
Pennsylvania Superior Court has only recognized three such exceptions.
 First, an employee may not be fired for serving on jury duty. Reuther v. Fowler &
Williams, Inc., 255 Pa.Super. 28, 386 A.2d 119 (1978). The Reuther court cited the
Pennsylvania constitution as well as the Pennsylvania statutes in concluding that "the
necessity of having citizens freely available for jury service is just the sort of 'recognized
facet of public policy' alluded to by our Supreme Court in Geary." 386 A.2d at 121. 74  Second, an employer may not deny employment to a person with a prior conviction.
Hunter v. Port Authority of Allegheny County, 277 Pa.Super. 4, 419 A.2d 631 (1980).
The Hunter court relied on federal court decisions as well as Pennsylvania statutes and
Pennsylvania court decisions before concluding that the defendant violated the
Pennsylvania constitution and "the deeply ingrained public policy of this State ... to avoid
unwarranted stigmatization of and unreasonable restrictions upon former offenders." 419
A.2d at 636, n. 5.
 And finally, an employee may not be fired for reporting violations of federal
regulations to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Field v. Philadelphia Electric
Company, 388 Pa.Super. 400, 565 A.2d 1170, 1180 (1989). That court held that the
alleged discharge was against public policy because federal law required the employee to
report violations and he was an expert in the area and there was no evidence that he
bypassed any internal chain of command. 565 A.2d at 1180.
 As evidenced above, a public policy exception must be clearly defined. See also,
McGonagle v. Union Fidelity Corp., 383 Pa.Super. 223, 556 A.2d 878, 885 (1989),
appeal denied, 525 Pa. 584, 575 A...
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