Wrongful termination example

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Elaine's employment contract stated that she could only be fired "for cause." 

After four years of employment and two months into her latest yearly contract, Elaine was let go after her son defeated her boss's son at the state tennis championship. 

Elaine's son acted obnoxiously after winning and strutted around the court yelling "take that, little rich boy."  Elaine's boss commented that bad manners have consequences and decided to fire Elaine on the spot.

Elaine sued for wrongful termination and won.  The court held that although the behavior of Elaine's son might strain the working relationship between Elaine and her boss, her immediate firing constituted a capricious decision without a legitimate business cause.