Monge v. Beebe Rubber Co.

316 A.2d 549 (1974)

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Monge v. Beebe Rubber Co.

New Hampshire Supreme Court
316 A.2d 549 (1974)

  • Written by Tammy Boggs, JD

Facts

Olga Monge (plaintiff) was a factory worker at Beebe Rubber Co. (defendant) making $1.84 per hour in wages under an oral contract of employment. Monge was told that if she was a good worker, she would get a better job and better pay at Beebe Rubber. Monge’s foreman harassed Monge and made personal advances toward her, which Monge refused. The foreman, with the support of Beebe Rubber’s personnel manager, manipulated Monge’s job assignments and eventually became hostile after Monge refused to go out with him. At 2:00 a.m. one day, Monge was fired for no apparent performance- or business-driven reason. Monge sued Beebe Rubber for breach of an oral employment contract. Monge testified to the facts surrounding her discharge and personal marital problems she had been experiencing. Monge presented no expert evidence to support mental suffering. The jury awarded Monge $2,500 in damages, comprising lost wages of about $1,416 and mental suffering of about $1,084. Beebe Rubber appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lampron, J.)

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