intentional infliction of emotional distress

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intentional infliction of emotional distress

adjective Referring to a civil action against a person who allegedly said or did something so outrageous or insulting to the plaintiff that he or she suffered subsequent emotional damage.

intentional infliction of emotional distress

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Deliberate destruction of a person's peace of mind; a common law tort. The conduct must be outrageous and beyond all bounds of decency; ordinary rude or insulting behavior is not enough. In those rare cases in which a health care provider inflicts intentional distress on a patient, he or she may be held liable for damages in a court of law.
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Notably, there has been no development comparable to the emergence of the tort of intentional infliction of mental distress that provides general protection against intentional interference with important relationships.(144) Although there has been some modest growth in the recognition of negligent infliction of relational injury, the law is still characterized by discrete, narrowly bounded causes of action.
Indeed, her argument for recognition of a civil rights claim under Title VII was based, in part, on the structural deficiencies of tort law.(204) When making claims for intentional infliction of mental distress, victims of sexual harassment face an initial hurdle of proving that the defendant's behavior was "outrageous."(205) Although some plaintiffs have overcome this obstacle,(206) most courts still do not regard sexual harassment as per se outrageous conduct,(207) with the result that the scope of liability under tort law is even more restrictive than that provided under Title VII(208) and similar state antidiscrimination statutes.

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