Wal-Mart Can't Fire Workers For Self-Defense, Justices Say

Law360, New York (September 18, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT) -- Workers that face off against violent attackers while on the job can sue their employers for wrongful termination if they are fired for defending themselves from imminent harm, according to a Utah Supreme Court opinion in an employee suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

In a precedential, 4-1 decision, the court found Thursday that public policy favors the right of Utah citizens to defend themselves in dangerous situations and the policy outweighs the right of employers to fire workers at-will for whatever reason they choose.

That means Wal-Mart may be on the hook for wrongful termination claims in federal court over its...

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