Bad faith discharge means an employer dismissing an employee for the purpose of defeating some employee benefits that are rightfully due if the employee had to continue his employment. In essence, the termination of employment is motivated by some hidden reason other than the one that is stated.
For this cause of action to apply, specific elements must exist.
First, there must be an enforceable contract.
Second, there must be a special relationship between the tort teaser and the tort victim, such as the relationship that exists between an insured and an insurer, that is, a relationship of trust and special reliance.
Third, the employer’s conduct must go “well beyond the bounds of ordinary liability for breach of contract.
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