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Brunner v. Al Attar
Texas Court of Appeals
786 S.W.2d 784 (1990)
Farouk and Rima Al Attar (defendants) were general partners in an auto-body shop. Janet Brunner (plaintiff) was the Al Attars’ at-will employee. Brunner alleged that Farouk terminated her employment because of Brunner’s volunteer work for a charitable organization that assisted individuals diagnosed with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). According to Brunner, Farouk told her he was concerned that Brunner’s work with AIDS patients would put his family and Brunner’s coworkers at risk. Brunner assured Farouk that there was no risk to those individuals. Farouk urged Brunner to resign, but she refused, and he discharged her. Brunner filed suit, alleging that her termination violated public policy. The trial court entered summary judgment in favor of the Al Attars, and Brunner appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bass, J.)
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