Terry A. Bethel


Throughout the country, courts are scrambling to fill the void left by the rapid disappearance of the employment-at-will doctrine. As recently as twenty years ago, most courts accepted without question the adage that employers were free to terminate employees for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at alL1 If motivated to explain this rule, the most frequent defense was that employees enjoyed comparable freedom. They, too, could abandon the relationship for whatever reason they desired.



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