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Loghry v. Unicover Corp.

Supreme Court of Wyoming
927 P.2d 706 (1996)


Facts

When Corey Loghry (plaintiff) was hired to work for Unicover Corporation (Unicover) (defendant), she signed an employment contract disclaimer stating that her employment could be terminated with or without cause and with or without notice at any time. The Unicover employee handbook contained a similar disclaimer. The employment contract disclaimer also provided that no person other than the company’s president could enter into any agreement for employment for any specified period of time or modify the terms of Loghry’s employment. Brian Hilt, a Unicover corporate officer who was not the president, was investigating whether Loghry’s supervisor had provided proprietary data to a competitor of Unicover. Hilt requested that Loghry turn over Loghry’s files to him, and Hilt assured Loghry that she would not lose her job if she cooperated. Loghry turned over the files, but she was fired for lack of loyalty to her supervisor despite Hilt’s promise of job security. Loghry sued Unicover for breach of her employment contract. The district court held that Loghry was an at-will employee, and the Supreme Court of Wyoming affirmed on appeal. Loghry brought another action against Unicover for promissory estoppel, among other things. The district court entered summary judgment in favor of Unicover, finding that the employment contract disclaimer that Loghry signed defeated her promissory estoppel claim. Loghry appealed.

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