Hillesland v. Association (North Dakota)
|Hillesland v. Association (North Dakota)|
|Court||North Dakota Supreme Court|
|Citation||407 N.W.2d 206|
|Date decided||May 28, 1987|
- Federal Land Bank Association of Grand Forks = "Association" = defendant
- Mr. Hillesland = "Hillesland" = plaintiff = he was an employee of the Association for 30 years. He was CEO for 10 years.
- Through his position, Hillesland learned that the Westby couple, customers of the Association, wanted to sell their property to a 3rd party. In short, the son of Hillesland purchased the said property.
Hillesland sued the Association & bank for breach of contract & other claims.
Hillesland asserted that he had a contract for permanent employment to be terminated only for good cause.Hillesland lost on summary judgment.
At-will employment has been codified (as of 1987) in North Dakota. Consequently, employment that isn't for a specified time period may be terminated in North Dakota upon a simple notice.The employment laws in the European Union are very different in favor of employees.