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Right of Self Defense at Work - UT

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by RicInOR, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    UTAH SUPREME COURT PROTECTS RIGHT OF EMPLOYEES TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AT WORK: “We conclude that the policy favoring the right of self-defense is a public policy of sufficient clarity and weight to qualify as an exception to the at-will employment doctrine.”

    A decision by the Utah Supreme Court on Wal-Mart's firing of employees who exercised self-defense when confronting an armed shoplifter.


    There are 66 pages you can download. This would not impact company rules which state things like - do not physically prevent ...

    It appears to only apply to cases where the employee felt they had to defend them self - not the store.

    Would this apply to the workers who feel they have to carry / use an FA or other weapon ?
  2. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    im not certain this changes anything.... they can still fire you for violating workplace policy.
  3. Ralgha

    Ralgha Portland Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    It's too bad I already refuse to shop at Wally World, because I'd really like to stop shopping there over this.
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  4. Deebow

    Deebow Portland Well-Known Member

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    I would be fired then I guess. I can always find another job. Better my family have an unemployed me than a dead me.

    And I bet I could get glowing references from all of the employees I saved. :D
    blackadder likes this.