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Elbeshbeshy v. Franklin Institute
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
618 F. Supp. 170 (1985)
Rashad Elbeshbeshy (plaintiff) was employed by the Franklin Institute (institute) (defendant) for approximately three months in the institute’s nuclear structural-mechanics unit. Elbeshbeshy was responsible for certain aspects of drafting and submitting proposals for nuclear-power plants to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (commission). Elbeshbeshy drafted two proposals that were reviewed by his supervisor, Vu Con, and by Con’s supervisor, Salvatore Carfagno. Con believed that the proposals were deficient. Carfagno did not express an opinion on the substance of Elbeshbeshy’s work but decided that the working relationship between Con and Elbeshbeshy was problematic. The institute terminated Elbeshbeshy’s employment and cited lack of cooperation as the reason for the discharge in Elbeshbeshy’s personnel record. Elbeshbeshy believed that he was terminated due to professional jealousy. Elbeshbeshy sued the institute for defamation, and the institute moved for summary judgment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bechtle, J.)
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