How wrongful termination exceptions affect at-will employment

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2015 | Wrongful Termination |

Many people would like to think that their job is secure and that they are guaranteed a position at their place of employment for as long as they like, but in some states this is not the case. Like many people employed around the U.S., those working in the state of Indiana may be surprised to know that this state has what is known as at-will employment, which means their employer can relieve them of their duties at any moment in time for absolutely no reason. This may scare those who have families to feed and bills to pay, but there are actually some circumstances where it is illegal for an employer to fire their employees.

The following are ways that wrongful termination can effect at-will employment:

  • Termination is a violation of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Termination after employer and employee have established an implied contract.
  • Termination is a violation of the state’s public policy.
  • Termination is a violation of anti-discrimination laws.

Should an employee believe their termination is an exception to the law about at-will employment, they may be able to file a claim against their former employer. Like most laws, this one may confuse people, so those considering filing a claim may want to get help. Once they have figured out how the law works and assessed their options, they can make a decision about how to proceed.

Any employee who feels they have been wrongfully terminated by their employer should contact an attorney. These types of cases may be difficult to prove, but it is not impossible. Just because employers can terminate their employees when they want, it doesn’t mean that they are always right. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to prove you were wrongfully terminated and get your job back and get compensated for your troubles.


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