Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (IIED) requires “outrageous and extreme” conduct by an individual that goes far outside the realm of normal human behavior and causes emotional injury to another. Name-calling, embarrassing language, insults and other petty irritations do not constitute IIED. Rather, the conduct must be socially unacceptable to the point that a reasonable human being would be unable to tolerate it.

How to win a case for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Plaintiff must establish:

1. The defendant’s conduct was extreme and outrageous. This is based on the particular details of the conduct and the context it was in.
2. The defendant either intended to inflict severe emotional distress or knew that there was a high probability that its conduct would cause severe emotional distress. Again, whether particular conduct meets this criteria depends on the particular facts and the overall context, but it is clear that court’s will take into account the defendant’s knowledge of the plaintiff’s mental state at the time of the incident.
3. The defendant’s conduct actually caused severe emotional distress.