Generally no. While most employment contracts are at-will, in recent years courts have increasingly granted relief to employees who have been discharged without good cause. Thus, employers are often required by the court to provide sufficient proof of "good cause" for termination.
In general, courts have considered the following to be adequate good cause for termination:
Failure to provide "good cause" for termination is often considered a breach of contract. If a court determines that an employee was terminated without sufficient good cause, any of the following damages may be awarded:
In most situations, by establishing and following a prescribed set of termination procedures, employers can provide some protection against wrongful termination claims.
While it is not complicated to establish a basic employee manual, an experienced employment attorney could provide important guidance to ensure that policies and procedures sufficiently provide protection for both employees and employers. If you are an employer or employee facing a claim for wrongful termination, you need to consult an employment attorney to learn what your rights and obligations are in the situation and to obtain the necessary court representation.
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