“False imprisonment” occurs when a person’s freedom of movement is impeded without that person’s permission and without legal justification. False imprisonment can occur, for example, if your manager calls you into his or her office and refuses to allow you to leave (by locking the door or threatening you) and then proceeds to interrogate you about workplace problems or even about personal issues. Whether you have been falsely imprisoned depends on all of the facts and circumstances of the situation, including the length of time you are held against your will, the reason for your detention, and the manner in which your freedom to leave is impeded.
False imprisonment claims, like other personal injury or tort claims, are generally brought together with a claim of wrongful discharge or discrimination and not by themselves. However, in particularly serious situations, these claims can be brought alone.