Michael Haddle (plaintiff) was an at-will employee of Healthmaster Home Health Care. He sued his former employer and Garrison (defendant), an officer of Healthmaster, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated to discourage his participation as a witness in a criminal trial. The defendants moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. The district court held that the statute under which he sought relief, 42 U.S.C. § 1985(2), precluded relief for an at-will employee, and granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss. Haddle appealed.