Community Care Center of Aberdeen v. BarrentineAnnotate this Case
A nursing home employee filed a wrongful-discharge suit more than a year after she claimed she was fired for reporting suspected patient abuse. Although wrongful-discharge suits in Mississippi generally must be based upon written employment contracts, she the employee claimed her suit falls under the public-policy exceptions this Court announced in "McArn v. Allied Bruce-Terminix Co., Inc" The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review was whether (as the employee argued) her wrongful discharge suit was governed by the general three-year statute of limitations governing torts, or (as the nursing home argued) it was governed by the one-year statute of limitations applicable to unwritten employment contracts. The trial court held "McArn" wrongful discharge claims are tort actions, subject to the general three-year statute of limitations. The Supreme Court agreed.