Frampton v. Central Indiana Gas Co.
Indiana Supreme Court
297 N.E.2d 425 (1973)
Dorothy Frampton (plaintiff) was employed by Central Indiana Gas Company (company) (defendant). Frampton injured her arm on the job and was unable to work for four months. The company paid Frampton’s medical expenses and full salary during the four-month period but did not tell Frampton that she might have been eligible for other benefits. Roughly 19 months after the injury, Frampton filed a workers’-compensation claim against the company for a 30 percent loss of use in her arm. Frampton received a settlement, but the company fired her a month later and did not give a reason why. Frampton sued the company in Indiana state court, claiming that the company had discharged her in retaliation for filing her claim. Frampton sought actual and punitive damages for the retaliatory discharge. The trial court dismissed Frampton’s complaint for failure to state a claim, and the appellate court affirmed. Frampton appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hunter, J.)
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