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Woman can sue subordinate who poisoned her relationship with employer

Susan Goldfaden's claim that Sean Cleveland wrongfully interfered with her business relationship with her employer, Wyeth, was upheld this week in the Court of Appeals.  Goldfaden reported to her supervisor that Cleveland was violating company policy and FDA guidelines during field visits with doctors.  After Goldfaden's report, Cleveland alledgedly retaliated with falsehoods to her supervisor and Goldfaden was fired.  The Court concluded that genuine and material fact questions remained with regard to which of the employees was accurately describing events, and that if Goldfaden's account was accurate, she had alleged a valid cause of action against her subordinate.

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