Exceptions to the At-Will Rule

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What Is At-Will Employment?

At-will employment is an employment arrangement where the employer can choose to fire the employee at any time and for any reason that is not illegal. Most employment arrangements are at-will.

When Is a Termination of an At-Will Employee Wrongful?

If the employer terminates an employee for a wrongful reason, contrary to state or federal law or public policy, the termination can be wrongful. Examples of wrongful termination include firing on the basis of discrimination, retaliation, and disability.

Some other exceptions to the at-will rule that would provide a claim for wrongful termination include:

Do I Need a Lawyer?

The laws of wrongful termination can be very complex and differ significantly from state to state. Also, many worker's rights and civil rights laws have detailed procedures and filing deadlines. If you feel that you have been fired for an illegal reason, an experienced employment attorney can help you determine your rights under the law and guide you through the complicated procedures.

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Last Modified: 02-06-2015 02:42 PM PST

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