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Morales v. Lee

Texas Court of Appeals
668 S.W.2d 867 (1984)


Dr. Cesar Morales (defendant) called his employee Linda Lee (plaintiff) into his office and accused her of stealing five dollars. When she denied it, Morales shouted, swore, slammed a chart down on his desk, told Lee not to leave, and threatened to call the police and have her arrested if she left. Lee testified that she was afraid of Morales and thought he was going to hit her. Morales then fired Lee and told her to get out. Lee left Morales’ office, but waited outside in the waiting room for her paycheck before going home. A witness said Lee was shaking, crying, and unable to talk. Lee suffered ongoing physical manifestations of distress after the incident and sued Dr. Morales for false imprisonment. A jury found for Lee and the trial court awarded judgment. Morales appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Cadena, C.J.)

Dissent (Tijerina, J.)

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