Harless v. First National Bank in Fairmont (1982)

In Harless v. First National Bank in Fairmont, 169 W. Va. 673, 289 S.E.2d 692 (1982), the Court considered a suit by a Mr. Harless, a discharged employee, against the bank, his former employer, alleging wrongful discharge and outrage. Although the Court ultimately agreed with the circuit court that the bank's conduct was not outrageous, the Court held: "One who by extreme and outrageous conduct intentionally or recklessly causes severe emotional distress to another is subject to liability for such emotional distress, and if bodily harm to the other results from it, for such bodily harm."