Employer’s extortion ignites wrongful discharge claim

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The owner of a ranch hired B.J. and Nancy Logan to work on his property. When the Logans got a permit to develop their own property near the ranch, the ranch owner threatened to fire the couple unless they sold him the land for less than a third of what it was worth. They refused to sell, were fired and sued. While two lower courts dismissed the claim, the Arizona Supreme Court sent the case back to trial. Reason: They were fired for refusing to accept extortion, and state law protects workers from employers' demands for extortion. (Logan v. Forever Living Products International Inc., No. CV-01-0367-PR, Ariz. Sup. Court, 2002)

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