A trial court erred in dismissing an employee’s slander per se claim arising from a manager’s statements that she used drugs on company time and visited pornographic Web sites via company computers where fact issues existed as to whether the statements were made with malice, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled last month (Barker v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., N.C. Court App., No. COA99-162, 2/1/00).
The employee’s tortious interference with contract claims against the company and two managers could also proceed due to fact issues surrounding the accusing manager’s motives and the company’s possible ratification of his acts, Judge Ralph A. Walker wrote for the court.
This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.
To view this content, please continue to their sites.
LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.
For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]