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Grouse v. Group Health Plan, Inc.

Supreme Court of Minnesota
306 N.W.2d 114 (1981)


Facts

Grouse (plaintiff) was a retail pharmacist at Richter Drug (Richter). Grouse applied for a clinical pharmacist position with Group Health Plan Inc. (Group Health) (defendant). Grouse was interviewed by Group Health, which subsequently telephoned Grouse and made him an offer of employment. Grouse informed Group Health that he needed to provide two weeks’ notice to Richter, and he subsequently offered Richter his resignation. Grouse also had received an offer from another company, which he declined. Group Health attempted to obtain favorable references for Grouse but was unsuccessful. When Grouse informed Group Health he was free to begin work he learned that Group Health had hired another person for the position. Grouse brought suit for damages for lost wages. Grouse appealed after the trial judge’s dismissal on the ground that Grouse had failed to state an actionable claim.

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