Wrongful Termination More Like a Personal Injury than Contract Dispute
A former employee sued her employer for wrongful termination. The case was dismissed as time-barred despite the employee’s contention that her claims should be subject to the four-year limitations period for actions based on an unwritten contract. As a matter of first impression, the Nevada Supreme Court determined wrongful termination claims, including those involving alleged violations of public policy, are subject to a two-year limitations period. The court reasoned such claims “fundamentally seek redress for a violation of personal rights protected by public policy, not of a contractual dispute.” The court also ruled the employer was not entitled to an award of attorney fees under the statute that authorized fees to a prevailing party when the opposing party brought or maintained the claim without reasonable ground.