Menu Map and Directions

The concept of at-will employment

Many employees in Michigan and around the country are considered 'at-will" employees. Working as an at-will employee means that the employee could be fired at anytime and for almost any reason. An employer who decides to fire an at-will employee does not have to have a good cause for making the decision, and it is not required to provide the employee with any notice that their job is ending.

A lot of employers will let their workers know that they are at-will employees when they first hire them. Making this statement may protect the employer in the event that it chooses to fire a worker without good cause, and the worker then files a complaint against the employer.

When an employer makes statements that are contrary to an at-will employment arrangement, its employees may no longer be considered at-will employees. For example, an employer might say something like 'Keep up the good work, and you'll always have a job here." Employers who repeat statements of that nature on a regular basis may not be allowed to fire their employees without a good cause. If they do, the employees may be able to reference those statements in court as proof that the employer did not follow the at-will employment laws.

Even if an employer makes it clear that their workers are at-will employees, the employer can still be found guilty of employment violations. If a decision to fire an employee was based on discrimination of a protected class, the firing may have been illegal under both federal and state law. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against workers based on gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and many other factors.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers dbusiness Top Lawyers Panel Member of ICLE Michigan 10.0Shereef H. Akeel Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S News and World Report | Civil Rights Law Tier1 Troy | 2017 Rated by Super Lawyers | Shereef H. Akeel | 10 Years Best Lawyers Award Badge

Office Locations facebook twitter linkedin google plus

Akeel & Valentine, PLC
888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 910
Troy, MI 48084-4748
Phone: 248-918-4542
Toll Free: 888-832-1706
Fax: 248-269-9119
Map and Directions

Dearborn office
360 Porter St., Suite 200
Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: 248-918-4542
Toll Free: 888-832-1706
Fax: 248-269-9119
Map and Directions

Back to top

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.