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• A North Carolina appeals court addressed the sensitive issue of employee discharges. The North Carolina Baptist State Convention hired an employee in 1984 to serve in an administrative position. No written contract was signed, and no understanding was expressed regarding the term of employment. The employee was advised that the employment relationship would be guided by a personnel manual that had been prepared by the convention. Within two years, the employee was terminated. He sued the convention, claiming that it had wrongfully breached the contract of employment. The convention denied that an employment contract existed, and asserted that even if a contract did exist, it had ample justification for discharging the employee based on documented acts of misconduct. The former employee sued the convention for breach of contract, and the trial court ruled in favor of the convention. ...

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  • January 2, 1989

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