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44-117. Employer not to prevent discharged employee from obtaining employment. Any employer of labor in this state, after having discharged any person from his service, shall not prevent or attempt to prevent by word, sign or writing of any kind whatsoever any such discharged employee from obtaining employment from any other person, company or corporation, except by furnishing in writing, on request, the cause of such discharge.

History: L. 1897, ch. 144, § 1; May 8; R.S. 1923, 44-117.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Quoted in discussion of third party legislators, Karl A. Svenson, 17 J.B.A.K. 293, 315 (1949).

"Rights of Kansas Non-Union Employees Against Unjust Termination—Where Are We Now?" William C. Nulton, 54 J.K.B.A. 237, 252 (1985).

"Vengeance is not Mine: A Survey of the Law of Title VII Retaliation," Nancy Landis Caplenger and Diane S. Worth, 73 J.K.B.A. No. 4, 20 (2004).


1. Statute requiring employer to give reason for discharging employee invalid. Railway Co. v. Brown, 80 Kan. 312, 316, 317, 102 P. 459.

2. Membership in a labor union sufficient reason for discharging employee. Adair v. United States, 208 U.S. 161, 28 S. Ct. 277, 52 L.Ed. 436 (reversing 152 F. 737); Coppage v. Kansas, 236 U.S. 1, 26, 35 S. Ct. 240, 59 L.Ed. 441.

3. Criminal blacklisting conviction of employer is element of civil blacklisting claim. Anderson v. United Telephone Co. of Kansas, 933 F.2d 1500 (1991).

4. Plaintiff's failure to specify claim in notice to municipality required dismissal of nonspecified claim. Huffman v. City of Prairie Village, Ks., 980 F. Supp. 1192, 1207 (1997).

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