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Dupler v. Seubert

Supreme Court of Wisconsin
230 N.W.2d 626 (Wis. 1975)


Ethel Dupler (plaintiff) worked for Keith Peterson and Helen Seubert (defendants). At 4:30 p.m. one day, Seubert asked Dupler to come with her to Peterson’s office. Once inside the office, the door was closed. The defendants told Dupler that the company could no longer employ her. The parties then had a discussion as to whether Dupler would resign or be fired. As a result of what ensued, Dupler brought suit against the defendants for false imprisonment. At trial, Dupler testified that she had made multiple attempts to leave the room but that Peterson had yelled at her harshly to sit down and Seubert had moved to stand in front of the door. Dupler testified that she was scared to make any true effort to leave given the elevated tempers and shouting. The defendants testified that they did not raise their voices or use any threatening language or tone and did not keep Dupler in the office against her will. Dupler left the office at 6:00 p.m. The defendants testified that the meeting took so long because Dupler was attempting to convince the defendants to reconsider their decision with regards to her employment. The jury found in favor of Dupler. The defendants appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Wilkie, C.J.)

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