Essay on Summary of Dillon vs. Champion

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BUS 345: Human Resource Management 7 July 2009 DILLON v. CHAMPION Background: Linda Dillon has sued Champion after she was encouraged to take a more challenging position within the company and was then fired for not meeting expectations. She claimed that she was told that it would take several months to get up to speed and that Champion would give her extensive training. Instead, she was only given four days of training and was fired without notice after two months. This case highlights the care that employers should take with the design of employee handbooks. Even where a handbook contains a prominent disclaimer stating that it does not establish any contract rights, an employer must be careful with all of the handbook’s…show more content…
The court ruled that the trial court’s grant of summary judgment was correct for the promissory estoppels claim. The plaintiff’s breach of contract claim case was remanded back to the lower court for further determination. 2. According to the text an implied contract is a type of wrongful discharge claim that limits the employer’s right to terminated if the employer has made written or oral statements containing promises not to terminate at will, or implied such a contract through his course of conduct with the employee. The implied contract in this case consisted of two points. First, the written statements in the handbook were conflicting with the at-will employment relationship and the disclaimer language. Second, the conduct and oral statements from the employer were given that gave the employee reason to believe that her job was safe. The oral statement made by the employer was “it will take you four to six months to feel comfortable with [the] position” which gave the impression that she would have that time to settle in with the new job. The employer breached the implied oral contract because in less then two months Dillon was called into her supervisor’s office and was terminated from that position in which the employer stated that it

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