Simply put, at-will employment means your employer can fire you for any reason, at any time, without any warning. In reverse, it also allows you as the employee to quit whenever you want. The majority of workers in the United States are at-will employees, except for those who have written or implied employment contracts that state otherwise. If you are an at-will employee, your employer does not need to provide you with an explanation or notice regarding your termination, and you will be unable to receive compensation for losses resulting from the termination. However, you still have certain rights.
What are your rights as an at-will employee?
- Federal and state statutory rights
- Contract rights
- Specific company policy rights
Under the federal and state regulations, you may not be fired for personal characteristics such as age, race, religion, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, physical health, or other factors. This would count as illegal discrimination. Furthermore, you must not be terminated for taking a protected action, such as filing a workers’ compensation claim or taking time off work to vote or serve in the jury. Termination of a whistleblower (one who reports illegal activity, unsafe working conditions, or harassment) is also unlawful under federal and state laws. If it is proven that your employer terminated you wrongfully, you may be able to seek justice in a lawsuit.
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