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Munoz v. Kaiser Steel Corp.

California Court of Appeal
203 Cal. Rptr. 345 (1984)


Facts

Anthony Munoz (plaintiff) was unemployed and living in Texas. He interviewed at Kaiser Steel Corporation (Kaiser) (defendant) in California. Kaiser tentatively hired Munoz, pending approval of Kaiser’s management. Munoz’s interviewer told him that he would be trained for at least three years. Munoz took this to mean that he was guaranteed employment for at least three years. Kaiser management approved the hiring, and Munoz moved to California and began working for Kaiser. Kaiser sold his house in Texas and bought a house in California. About six months after Munoz began work, Kaiser laid him off. Munoz sued Kaiser for breach of an alleged oral employment contract, under which Kaiser promised Munoz at least three years of employment. The trial court granted Kaiser summary judgment based on the statute of frauds. Munoz appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kaufman, J.)

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