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Harrison v. Fred S. James, P.A., Inc.

United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
558 F.Supp. 438 (1983)


Facts

Kenneth Harrison (plaintiff) was previously employed as the head of the marketing department of Fred S. James, P.A., Inc. (James) (defendant), an insurance brokerage agency and consulting firm. Prior to hiring Harrison, Richard Peterson (defendant), an executive vice-president for James, held several meetings with Harrison to discuss Harrison’s role at James. The parties never discussed a definite term of employment, but Harrison was led to believe he would be employed at least two years. An offer of employment was subsequently made to Harrison, and Harrison began working for James on April 7, 1980. On that day, Harrison signed a Memorandum of Agreement (Memorandum), which set forth the terms and conditions of Harrison’s employment. The Memorandum provided that the employment was to be at-will, and included an integration clause stating that the Memorandum superseded all prior agreements and understandings regarding Harrison’s employment. On November 25, 1980, seven months after Harrison began his employment, Harrison was terminated from his position. Harrison brought suit for wrongful discharge and breach of an oral contract for employment. The defendants brought a motion for summary judgment.

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