Harassment must be related to unlawful discrimination based on race, color, nationality, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age or disability, in order to have any real power in a legal action.
Emotional abuse that is personally directed and unconnected to unlawful discrimination is actionable, but only as a breach of contract claim. This means that a terminated individual could sue for lost wages from the date of termination, to the date of trial or date of finding new employment. But, there would be no reinstatement of employment, as there would be for unlawful discrimination.
That said, there is no case at all without credible proof. And, if witnesses will not support the terminated employee's claims, then there is no proof -- and thus no case.
Hope this helps.
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