Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claim for Job Applicants Remain Viable

A judge recently allowed a claim of emotional distress to continue, denying the employer’s motion to dismiss. The case found that the employer knew the plaintiff suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and waited until one day before she was scheduled to begin work to rescind her job offer. The allegations were such that actions caused her to experience anxiety, sleeplessness and loss of appetite. The Court analyzed the decisions in Connecticut in the last 15 years and determined that, until now, it has never been decided whether a rescinded job offer could serve as the basis for a “negligent infliction of emotional distress claim.

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