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             FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF WRONGFUL
               TERMINATION: JOSEPH KIDWELL

                   M. Douglas Berg, Sam Houston State University
                   Robert Stretcher, Sam Houston State University


                                     CASE DESCRIPTION

        The primary subject matter of this case concerns the valuation of economic damages
incurred by Mr. Joseph Kidwell upon his wrongful termination from Gilad Lexus of Billings,
Montana. A secondary issue examined involves brand specific knowledge which is not
transferable to the selling of other automobiles. The course has a difficulty level appropriate for
the advanced undergraduate or first year masters students, practicing HR managers or those
seeking to become forensic economists. The case is designed to be taught in one and a half class
hours and is expected to require two hours of outside preparation by students.

                                        CASE SYNOPSIS

        Joseph Kidwell, a talented sales manager for a Lexus dealership, was terminated for
refusing to call the police and report a car as being stolen. It was later found that an employee
had borrowed the car without permission, but Joseph had already been terminated. Joseph
brought a lawsuit against the dealership for wrongful termination, the details of which are
presented in this case. The reader is tasked with analyzing the economic loss suffered by Joseph
due to the termination.

                                   INSTRUCTORS’ NOTES

Suggested Teaching Approach

        This case is useful for teaching the application of economic and finance principals in a
real world setting. The estimation of economic loss requires the idea of opportunity cost and
forecasting what the plaintiff's economic picture would be if the damage had not occurred and
the future economic picture after the damage has occurred. The use of present value techniques
should be employed to compute the value 
								
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