Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey

This treatise provides a comprehensive analysis of the employment-at-will doctrine in every state. The desk reference uses the same set of topics for each state, facilitating both comparative and single-state research. It is a powerful tool for practitioners articulating their arguments using analogies and examples from the laws of other states.

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Melinda J. Caterine



Get detailed analysis of state law causes of action for wrongful termination. 

Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey provides a comprehensive analysis of the employment at will doctrine, as well as the unique exceptions that various states have applied.

This treatise is organized with a uniform topic structure to provide a comparative view across states, as well as to allow for research on an individual state. This format is extremely helpful for lawyers with a multi-jurisdictional practice, as well as for those seeking persuasive authority to expand or limit the law in their own state.​

Each state chapter provides analysis of the following topics:

    • The creation of enforceable employment agreements through employee handbooks, written personnel policies, and oral assurances
    • Common law claims for wrongful discharge
    • The covenant of good faith and fair dealing in express and implied employment contracts
    • The public policy exception to the doctrine of employment at will
    • The burden of proof necessary to sustain a claim of wrongful discharge
    • What constitutes “just cause” for purposes of termination
    • The effect of disclaimers on the employment at will relationship
    • Potential damages in a wrongful discharge claim
    • Related tort claims arising out of the employment relationship
    • State statues that prohibit termination based on certain protected classifications  


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.
Melinda J. Caterineis a shareholder in the Portland, ME office of Littler Mendelson P.C., a national labor and employment firm representing management.

Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law


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