Hardy v. Labelle's Distributing Co. Mont. Sup. Ct,

203 Mont. 263, 661 P.2d 35 (1983)


Hardy (P) was hired as a temporary employee of Labelle's (D). P was eventually suspected of stealing watches. P was asked by another employee to take a tour of the store because she was new to the operation. P was taken to the manager's office and informed that she had been accused of stealing a watch. There was a uniformed police officer in the manager's office along with other store personnel. P denied taking the watch and agreed to a polygraph test. P passed the test. P eventually sued for false imprisonment. P admitted at trial that she voluntarily stayed in the office in order to exonerate herself. The jury awarded the verdict to D. P appealed.