Title

An Empirical Assessment of the Contract Based Exception to the Employment-At-Will Rule

Department

Management & Entrepreneurship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2016

Abstract

While extensive, the existing literature on the employment-at-will doctrine and its various exceptions has been remarkably uniform. By relying on a discussion of selected court opinions on specific aspects of the doctrine, scholars have focused primarily on normative issues such as what the courts should do when deciding job security disputes, or what plaintiffs/employees and defendants/employers should argue when litigating employment disputes. Our approach and focus are different. Instead of relying on a discussion of selected cases, we rely on a more comprehensive sample of cases. Instead of focusing on normative issues, our goal is to provide a more complete picture of the state of the at-will doctrine as reflected in those cases. Our data should be of interest to legal scholars interested in understanding the characteristics and outcomes of litigated employment-at-will cases. Our data should also be relevant to the current debate among management scholars regarding conflicts that might arise due to aggressive recruitment practices which highlight long term employment opportunities and the realities associated with at-will employment.

Journal

Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

Journal ISSN

1573-3378

Volume

28

Issue

1

First Page

63

Last Page

78

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s10672-015-9273-6