Southwest Convenience Stores obtains dismissal of wrongful termination action invoking the public policy exception to the employment at-will doctrine
Clients Southwest Convenience Stores, Inc.
Jones Day defended Southwest Convenience Stores, Inc. in state court in a wrongful termination action invoking the public policy exception to the employment at-will doctrine. The employee was a manager of a convenience store owned by Southwest and was terminated for violating a policy prohibiting employees from detaining shoplifters. The employee argued that because the crime at the store involved minors shoplifting beer, if he did not attempt to prevent the theft he would be held criminally negligible. The suit was dismissed on summary judgment, and the decision was affirmed on appeal.
Berggren v. Southwest Convenience Stores, Inc., Case No. A-102,266 (W.D. Tex., 70th Judicial Dist.)