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Case: Individual Employment Rights/Wrongful Discharge (N.D.)

Jan. 14, 2021, 1:46 AM

No clear and compelling public policy exists in favor of an exception to the employment-at-will doctrine in North Dakota for law enforcement officers who act in self-defense, the North Dakota Supreme Court holds. The city of Devils Lake, N.D. and the Devils Lake Police Department were properly granted summary judgment on the wrongful discharge claim of a former police detective whose service weapon discharged while he was attempting to arrest a suspect, resulting in the death of the suspect, the high court determined. The officer argued his actions in subduing the suspect were taken as a public servant in the...

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