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An injury to personality may produce suffering much more acute than that produced by a mere bodily injury. Where the existence and severity of emotional problems, which require professional treatment, are documented in the record, damages for these medical problems, including chronic anxiety, proximately caused by a defendant's "wrongful intrusion or invasion" are recoverable.
Plaintiff ex-employee brought an action against defendants, business and business owner, in federal court, alleging that she was wrongfully discharged for refusing to engage in sexual intercourse with the business owner. When the business and business owner appealed a judgment for the ex-employee, the court of appeals certified several questions on pendent state law claims to the court.
Were damages recoverable in a suit for wrongful intrusion into the plaintiff’s private activities?
Defendant who made unwanted sexual advances to the plaintiff could be found liable for wrongful intrusion into the employee's private activities, and damages for resulting medical problems, including chronic anxiety, were recoverable.