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Court Rejected Minister's Claim that His Dismissal Constituted a Breach of Contract or Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

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An Illinois state appeals court rejected a minister's claim that his dismissal constituted a breach of contract or intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The minister, who had served as minister of a local Baptist church for over 40 years, had signed an employment agreement of unspecified duration that gave either the minister or the church the right to terminate the employment relationship upon 90 days' written notice. After being discharged by a congregational vote at a church business meeting, the minister sued the church, alleging that (1) the church and three church officers had breached their employment contract by dismissing him against his will, (2) the minister's dismissal was legally void since the business meeting at which the dismissal occurred did not have proper notice, and (3) certain church officers had intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon the ...

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  • March 1, 1988

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