Tortious Interference with Business Relations in the Employment Context in Georgia
Georgia courts have long recognized a cause of action for tortious interference with business or contractual relations in the employment context. See, Nager v. Lad ‘N Dad Slacks, 148 Ga. App. 401, 251 S.E.2d 330 (1978); Rome Industries, Inc. v. Jonsson, 202 Ga. App. 682, 415 S.E.2d 651 (1992); McDaniel v. Green, 156 Ga. App. 549, 275 S.E.2d 124, 126 (1980) (“The intentional and non-privileged interference by a third party with existing contractual rights and relations constitutes a tort for which an action shall lie.”). The claim has its basis in the principle that each individual has the right to pursue a legitimate occupation and conduct business in accordance with his own plan, so long as he does not interfere with the rights of others. Perry & Co. v. New South Ins. Brokers, Inc., 182 Ga. App. 84, 354 S.E.2d 852 (1987).
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