"At Will" Employment ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

"At Will" Employment

The California Supreme Court has recently ruled that there is no wrongful termination claim when a letter confirming the terms of employment state that the employment is "at will," defining that term as meaning that the employee could be terminated at any time. Despite assurances and statements made to the employee before hire that he would be "long term" and that he could only be terminated for cause, the Court held that a clear and unambiguous "at will" provision in a written employment contract, signed by the employee, will not be affected by a prior or simultaneous unwritten or implied contract requiring cause for termination.

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