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Employee Dismissal: Law and Practice, Sixth Edition by Henry H. Perritt, Jr. Chicago-Kent College of Law, at the Illinois Institute of Technology Employee Dismissal: Law and Practice, Sixth Edition by Henry H. Perritt, Jr. Chicago-Kent College of Law, at the Illinois Institute of Technology

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Whether your case involves a public or private sector job, a downsizing, or termination for cause, violation of employer policies, failure to keep a specific promise, adverse action for claiming employee rights, or whistle-blowing, Employee Dismissal: Law and Practice provides the guidance you need in this rapidly evolving area of employment law. Providing in depth analysis of the common law and statutory wrongful dismissal doctrines, as well as practical guidance on all aspects of employee dismissal litigation from complaints through jury instructions, Employee Dismissal: Law and Practice Online is an invaluable resource for evaluating and litigating a wrongful discharge case.

Employee Dismissal: Law and Practice brings you up to date on the latest cases, statutes, and developments including:

  • New case law for Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, and West Virginia
  • New section on discrimination based on immigration status
  • New reference for state qui tam suits
  • New case law on specific enumeration of disciplinary causes or steps giving rise to inference of employment security
  • New case law on disclaimers
  • New case law on identifying sources of public policy clearly
  • New case law on constitutional provisions satisfying the clarity element of a public policy tort
  • New case law on jeopardy to public policy when statutory remedies exist
  • New case law on jeopardy to public policy when the contract protects employees
  • Extensive analysis of the Supreme Court's Epic Systems decision and its implications for employee class actions
  • New analysis of notice pleading requirements in employment cases
  • New case law on whistleblower protection of shareholder employees
  • New case law on the scope of public-sector whistleblower protections
  • New case law on the availability of non-economic damages in statutory whistleblower cases
  • New chapter on settlement negotiations with a computer program to estimate the best alternative to a negotiated agreement or reservation price

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Pages 2356
Last Updated 06/02/2021
Update Frequency Semi-annually
Product Line Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
ISBN 9781543817577
SKU 10081364-7777
Publish Frequency Semi-annually
Product Line Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
SKU 000000000010073228
Table of Contents


  • Overview of Common Law Wrongful Dismissal Theories
  • Pre-Industrial Revolution Employment Tenure Rule
  • Development of the Employment at Will Rule
  • Stages in the Erosion of the Employment at Will Rule
  • Reasons for Erosion of the at Will Rule
  • State-by-State Summary
  • Choice of Law Principles
  • Contemporary Role of the Employment at Will Rule
  • Framework for Analyzing Obligations in the Employment Relation
  • Considerations in Pursuing Both Statutory and Common Law Relief
  • Trends and Unresolved Issues
  • Parties' Plaintiff
  • Parties' Defendant
  • Practical Factors for Employees to Consider
  • Practical Factors for Employers to Consider
  • Checklist for Case Evaluation


  • Protection Against Characteristic-Based Discrimination
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Civil Rights Acts §1981
  • Civil Rights Acts §1985
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Education Act Amendments
  • Executive Order 11,246
  • State Laws on Race, Sex, Religious, National Origin, and Age Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973


  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Retaliation for Opposing Discrimination
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Mine Safety and Health Act
  • State Occupational Safety and Health Acts
  • Railroad Safety and Liability Acts
  • Environmental Statutes
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Consumer Credit Protection Act
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • False Claims Act
  • Employee Polygraph Protection
  • Drug Free Workplace Act
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Nuclear Power Plant Employees
  • Federal Securities Fraud
  • Other Federal Statutes
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Attorneys' Fees
  • Implied Private Right of Action
  • Antitrust Violation Protests
  • Preemption
  • Unemployment Compensation


  • Selecting Employees to Be Terminated
  • Validation of Rating Systems
  • Age Discrimination Issues
  • Title VII Discrimination Issues
  • Disability Discrimination Issues
  • WARN Issues
  • Employee Benefits Issues
  • Collective Bargaining Duties
  • Common Law Claims


  • Development of Arbitration in England
  • Development of Labor Arbitration in the United States
  • Purpose of Labor Arbitration
  • Just Cause Standard
  • Typical Grievance and Arbitration Procedure
  • The Arbitration Hearing
  • Form and Content of Arbitration Award
  • Remedies in Arbitration Awards
  • Arbitration Under the Railway Labor Act
  • Arbitration and the Courts
  • Duty of Fair Representation
  • Getting Arbitration Awards into Evidence
  • Arbitration of Individual Rights
  • Effect of Arbitration Awards Deciding Statutory Claims
  • Consideration for Arbitration Agreement
  • Handling a Grievance in Practice
  • Defending Against a Grievance


  • Overview of Contract Theories
  • Historical Development of Contract Theories
  • Proof in Common Law Contract Cases
  • Promise of Employment Security
  • Employer's Intent
  • Proving a Promise of Employment Security
  • Specificity of Promise
  • Enumerating Reasons for Dismissal as Implying a Promise Not to Dismiss for Other Reasons
  • Future Employment
  • Parol Evidence Rule
  • Promises Related to Discrimination
  • Procedural Commitments
  • Promises Related to Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Judge and Jury Roles
  • Types of Promise Evidence
  • Proof of Other Employment Terms
  • Disclaimers
  • Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
  • Contract Formation and Validation Devices
  • Employer's Modification of Promise After Consideration Given
  • Statute of Frauds
  • Unenforceability of Certain Employment Contracts
  • Waivers
  • What Constitutes a Breach
  • Contract Interpretation and Breach
  • Proving a Breach: Materiality of Motive
  • Breach of Covenant of Good Faith
  • After-Acquired Evidence
  • Suits by Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • A Preemption by Immigration Laws
  • Pleading the Plaintiff's Case
  • Pleading the Defendant's Case
  • Damages
  • Reinstatement
  • Jury Instructions on Contract Formation
  • Jury Instructions on Breach of Implied Covenant
  • Jury Instructions on Breach of Implied in Fact Contract
  • Jury Instructions on Damages


  • Public Policy Tort Cases Do Not Require Employers to Show Good Cause for Dismissing Employees
  • Basic Tort Concepts
  • Basic Structure of Proof of Public Policy Tort
  • Proving Adverse Employment Action
  • Proving Clarity of Public Policy
  • Proving Jeopardy to Public Policy
  • Proving Causation
  • Proving Overriding Justification
  • Categories of Public Policy Torts
  • Public Policy Torts Are More Than Civil Remedies for Statutory Violations
  • Limiting Public Policy Tort Recovery by Confining It to Explicit Statutory Rights or Duties
  • Public Policy Tort Protection for Employees Covered by Individual Contracts Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Prima Facie Tort Liability Based on Intent to Harm, Regardless of Public Policy
  • Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Fraudulent Misrepresentation
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Civil Conspiracy
  • Tort Claims for Dismissals Related to AIDS or to Sexual Orientation
  • Negligence
  • Preemption of State Tort Claims
  • Pleading the Plaintiff's Case and Model Complaints
  • Pleading the Defendant's Case
  • After-Acquired Evidence
  • Judge/Jury Roles
  • Damages
  • Attorneys'Fees, Costs, and Penalties for Bad Faith Claims
  • Public Policy Tort Jury Instructions


  • What Is a Public Employer?
  • Presumption of at Will Employment of Public Employees
  • Civil Service Protections
  • Federal Discrimination Statutes
  • Reconstruction Era Civil Rights Acts
  • Due Process
  • Equal Protection
  • Interaction of Public Sector Grievance Arbitration and Civil Service Laws
  • Sovereign Immunity


  • Employees and Representatives
  • Independent Contractors Versus Employees
  • Successors, Alter Egos, and Purchasers of Employing Enterprise
  • Individual Co-Employees and Supervisors as Defendants
  • Vicarious Liability of Employer for Acts of Agents
  • Sovereign Immunity
  • Pleading
  • Federal Question and Diversity Jurisdiction
  • Pendent State Claims and Supplemental Jurisdiction
  • Removal to Federal Court
  • Personal Jurisdiction
  • Venue
  • Choice of Law
  • Statutes of Limitations
  • Exhaustion of Employer Grievance Procedures
  • Discovery Strategies
  • Summary Judgment
  • Entitlement to Jury Trial
  • Pretrial Orders
  • Proof
  • Evidence
  • Expert Witnesses
  • After-Discovered Evidence
  • Hearsay Evidence
  • Testimony by Former Employees
  • Parol Evidence
  • Video-Recorded Evidence
  • Preemption
  • Preclusive Effect of Earlier Decisions
  • Proving Damages
  • Punitive Damages
  • Closing Arguments and Judicial Comments
  • Jury Instructions
  • Attorneys' Fees and Sanctions
  • Appeals
  • Taxation of Costs
  • International Issues: Extraterritorial Application


  • History of Rules Regulating Employees
  • Function of Internal Rules
  • Rules and Organization Theory
  • Contemporary Practices
  • Employers' Policies on Terminations
  • Contents of Termination and Complaint Policies
  • Checklist for Employee Handbooks
  • Employee Appraisal Programs


  • Wrongful Dismissal Doctrine
  • Is Legislation Needed?
  • Politics of Statutory Reform
  • Statutory Models
  • Model Employment Termination Act
  • Federal Wrongful Dismissal Statutes
  • State Whistleblower Statutes
  • State Employment Term Statutes
  • State Service Letter Statutes
  • State Just Cause Statutes
  • The British Model
  • The Canadian Model
  • Commentators' Models
  • The Summers Concept
  • The Selznick Concept
  • The Bellace Concept
  • Judicial Control of Other Types of Associations
  • Developing Wrongful Dismissal Statutes
  • Legislative Drafting Pitfalls
  • Possible Substantive Fairness Standards
  • Procedural Fairness
  • Integrating Wrongful Dismissal and Unemployment Compensation Systems
  • Burdens of Proof
  • Remedies
  • Constitutional Issues
  • Future Prospects
  • Costs of Litigation
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