Iowa Supreme Court Expands Wrongful Death Cause of Action to Include Public Policy Based Upon Regulations and Individual Liability of Corporate Officers

On January 23, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court expanded the scope of wrongful discharge claims to allow for claims against individuals in addition to the employer/corporate entity. In Jasper v. H. Nizam, Inc., the Court found that an owner/president of a company that operated child care facilities could be held liable for his actions in terminating a employee for raising objections to a proposed decrease in staff-to-child ratios at a center. In addition, the Court found that an administrative regulation issued by the Iowa Department of Human Services, as opposed to a statute, can provide the basis for a wrongful discharge claim. A more detailed discussion of this case and its potential impact on employers and corporate officers is found in this article by Rebecca Boyd Dublinske.

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