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The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the estate of a woman who died of a heart attack on the job cannot sue her former employer for false imprisonment and emotional distress. According to court documents, as an employee of The Service Cos. Inc. (doing business as FSS) Mautrice Vaughn performed housekeeping services at the MGM-owned Gold Strike Casino Resort in Robinsonville, Mississippi. She suffered a heart attack at work under contested circumstances and died in 2010. The family claims that Vaughn alerted her supervisor in the morning to severe chest pains but they refused to allow her to leave work. FSS claims that Vaughn never alerted them and was found unresponsive later in the day. After FSS was denied summary judgment in circuit court, where it argued that workers’ comp was the Vaughn family’s exclusive remedy, the Supreme Court ruled last week on appeal in favor of FSS. The court found that the false imprisonment claim was insufficient since the plaintiffs didn’t produce evidence of the employer’s intent to detain and injure Vaughn. As such, the plaintiffs’ claims were “finally dismissed” without “reaching the exclusivity issues” raised by FSS.

Read additional coverage from Business Insurance here. Access the case here.

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