A former employee of The Dr. Phil Show is suing Dr. Phil, alleging false imprisonment and wrongful termination.
In the lawsuit, the woman describes an incident in which Dr. Phil called a meeting of over 300 staff members, locked them in a room and subjected them to a barrage of verbal attacks. She states he was furious about secrets that had been disclosed to the public and forced everyone to hand in their phones for inspection. Dr. Phil allegedly used security guards to prevent anyone from leaving the room until he found the information he was seeking.
The woman claims the incident resulted in "emotional distress from the verbal assault of Dr. Phil which was magnified by the confined space." She says the experience was consistent with constructive discharge. Jack Bowen "Dr. Phil sued by former employee for false imprisonment, wrongful termination," nanonews.org (Jan. 21, 2016).