California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) (2017)

VF-2403. Breach of Employment Contract - Specified Term—Good Cause Defense

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VF-2403.Breach of Employment Contract—Specified
Term—Good-Cause Defense
We answer the questions submitted to us as follows:
1. Did [name of plaintiff] and [name of defendant] enter into an
employment contract that specified a length of time for which
[name of plaintiff] would remain employed?
1. Yes No
1. If your answer to question 1 is yes, then answer question 2. If
you answered no, stop here, answer no further questions, and
have the presiding juror sign and date this form.
2. Did [name of plaintiff] substantially perform [his/her] job duties?
2. Yes No
2. If your answer to question 2 is yes, skip question 3 and answer
question 4. If you answered no, answer question 3.
3. Was [name of plaintiff]’s performance excused or prevented?
3. Yes No
3. If your answer to question 3 is yes, then answer question 4. If
you answered no, stop here, answer no further questions, and
have the presiding juror sign and date this form.
4. Did [name of defendant] [discharge/demote] [name of plaintiff]
before the end of the term of the contract?
4. Yes No
4. If your answer to question 4 is yes, then answer question 5. If
you answered no, stop here, answer no further questions, and
have the presiding juror sign and date this form.
5. Did [name of defendant] have good cause to [discharge/demote]
[name of plaintiff]?
5. Yes No
5. If your answer to question 5 is no, then answer question 6. If
you answered yes, stop here, answer no further questions, and
have the presiding juror sign and date this form.
6. Was [name of plaintiff] harmed by the [discharge/demotion]?
6. Yes No
6. If your answer to question 6 is yes, then answer question 7. If
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you answered no, stop here, answer no further questions, and
have the presiding juror sign and date this form.
7. What are [name of plaintiff]’s damages?
[a. Past economic loss: $ ]
[b. Future economic loss: $ ]
[b. TOTAL $
Signed: Presiding Juror
Dated:
After [this verdict form has/all verdict forms have] been signed, notify
the [clerk/bailiff/court attendant] that you are ready to present your
verdict in the courtroom.
New September 2003; Revised December 2010
Directions for Use
The special verdict forms in this section are intended only as models. They may
need to be modified depending on the facts of each case.
This verdict form is based on CACI No. 2420, Breach of Employment
Contract—Specified Term—Essential Factual Elements, and CACI No. 2421,
Breach of Employment Contract—Specified Term—Good-Cause Defense.
Questions 2 and 3 should be deleted if substantial performance is not at issue.
The breakdown of damages is optional; depending on the circumstances, users may
wish to break down the damages even further.
If there are multiple causes of action, users may wish to combine the individual
forms into one form. If different damages are recoverable on different causes of
action, replace the damages tables in all of the verdict forms with CACI No. VF-
3920, Damages on Multiple Legal Theories.
VF-2403 WRONGFUL TERMINATION
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