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Washington courts have generally recognized the public policy exception to "at will"

Washington courts have generally recognized the public policy exception when an employer terminates an employee as a result of his or her 1) refusal to commit an illegal act, (2) performance of a public duty or obligation, (3) exercise of a legal right or privilege, or (4) in retaliation for reporting employer misconduct. Danny v. Laidlaw Transit Services, Inc. 165 Wn.2d 200, 207-208, 193 P.3d 128, 131 - 132 (2008).

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Examples of terminations that violate public policy doctrine

Examples of terminations that violate public policy doctrine are when an armored car driver got out of the vehicle, violating his employer's policy, to aid a crime victim, and was fired. Another example was where an employer fired a woman for missing work due to domestic violence. The Court said these people could sue for "wrongful termination." Call William Edelblute Attorney at Law, (509) 928-3711 or mail him at bill@edellaw.com to see if your circumstances could fit under the "public policy" exception to the "at-will" doctrine.