Sharon Langeslag v. KYMN, Inc.
Minnesota Supreme Court
664 N.W.2d 860 (2003)
Sharon Langeslag (plaintiff) worked for radio station KYMN, Inc. (codefendant). Her relationship with owner Wayne Eddy (codefendant) included frequent heated shouting matches, and Langeslag repeatedly threatened to sue. In 1998, Langeslag reported an incident that resulted in criminal charges against Eddy. Eddy began experiencing stress-related physical problems and sought medical treatment. In 1999, Langeslag reported that Eddy was scalping football tickets, although she knew the station auctioned the tickets and donated the proceeds to charity. Langeslag also called the police, claiming that Eddy would not let her leave his office. The police briefly investigated those incidents but took no further action. Ultimately, Eddy directed Langeslag to work from home, and Langeslag sued Eddy and the station on multiple grounds, including workplace sexual harassment and whistleblower claims. Eddy counterclaimed for intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) as well as defamation and interference with contractual relations. The jury found for Eddy on all issues and awarded him $535,000 in damages for IIED. The appellate court affirmed, finding that the evidence supported that award. Langeslag appealed, and the Minnesota Supreme Court granted review solely as to whether the trial court erred in submitting Eddy’s IIED claim to the jury.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gilbert, J.)
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