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Hanson v. Central Show Printing Co., Inc.

130 N.W.2d 654 (1964)

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Hanson v. Central Show Printing Co., Inc.

Iowa Supreme Court

130 N.W.2d 654 (1964)

Facts

Harry Hanson (plaintiff) worked for Central Show Printing Company, Incorporated (Central Show) (defendant) as a pressman for many years. In autumn of 1959, Hanson had the opportunity to take a new job with another nearby printing company. Hanson simply desired steady work, so he contacted the president of Central Show to negotiate an arrangement for steady work so he could stay with the company. Ultimately, the president sent Hanson a letter guaranteeing Hanson 40 hours of work per week each year until he “retired of his own choosing.” Hanson declined the opportunity for the new job and remained with Central Show. Two years later, Hanson was discharged without cause by Central Show. Hanson brought an action against Central Show to recover lost wages. Central Show made a motion for directed verdict at the close of evidence, which the trial court granted. Hanson appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Thompson, J.)

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