Charlotte Ruiz v. Hope for Children, Inc., 2013 COA 91 (June 6, 2013)

Never date a client. Plaintiff was fired from her position for dating a client. She worked for a small nonprofit that provided clients with education, counseling, and other social services. She sued for wrongful termination, claiming that the Lawful Activities statutory exception to at-will employment protected her actions. That statute creates an exception from at-will termination for lawful off-the-job activities. An exception to that exception is that an employer may fire an employee to avoid a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest. The court of appeals held that such conflicts are not limited to financial conflicts or conflicts that actually interfere with work. Finding the evidence sufficient to support termination, the court affirmed dismissal of plaintiff’s suit.

http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2013/12CA1556-PD.pdf

http://www.cobar.org/opinions/opinion.cfm?opinionid=8975&courtid=1

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