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Employer – Employee : Wrongful Termination – At-Will Employee – Iowa Law

Where the president and equity owner of a gynecology practice who was fired by his partners and co-owners for cause was awarded more than $1 million in compensatory damages in his wrongful retaliatory discharge and breach-of-contract case, the judgment is reversed because the plaintiff did not prove that he was an at-will employee who could assert a tort claim for wrongful discharge in violation of Iowa public policy.

Judgment is reversed.

Hagen v. Siouxland Obstetrics and Gynecology (MLW No. 68231/Case No. 14-2580 – 13 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Loken, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, Bennett, J. (Jeff William Wright, Sioux City, Iowa, argued for appellant; Joel D. Vos appeared on the brief) (Jay Elliott Denne, Sioux City, Iowa, argued for appellee; Stanley E Munger appeared on the brief).

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