In a wrongful discharge action based on the public policy exception to the employment-at-will doctrine courts created a sleeper claim favoring terminated at will employees.' Generally, Missouri courts categorically constrain the public policy exception in a narrow and clear cut fashion. However, some Missouri courts pushed and rubbed at the bright lines of those categories and created a hazy area of unpredictability in the exception. In addition, federal courts interpreting the Missouri public policy exception introduced a significant pre-emption dispute which Missouri state courts have yet to address.
Joseph H. Knittig,
Everything You Wanted to Know about Missouri's Public Policy Exception But Didn't Know You Should Ask,
61 Mo. L. Rev.
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