What are the underling factors that fall within the at-will employment laws?

UPDATED: Dec 14, 2011

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What are the underling factors that fall within the at-will employment laws?

My employer terminated my job based on saying that they aren’t willing to provide me with more training and that the initiative is not there. Additionally, they commented about knowing that I will be graduating soon and how they don’t know if the position is what I thought it would be. I have asked for something in writing indicating a reason for my termination, however they refuse to give me anything until my last day.

Asked on December 14, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

In an at will employment arrangement, an employer can hire or fire as it deems necessary and can set the terms and conditions of work much as it sees fit. For their part, an employee can choose to work for an employer or not. Basically the only protection an employee has is if they have an employment contract, union agreement or it there is a stated company policy. Additionally, no actionable discrimination must be present in the workplace.

Bottom line, an employee can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice.

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