Traditionally at-will employees do not have a right to contest their termination. That is because by definition, both employees and employers can terminate their employment relationship anytime upon their will. However, there are instances where at-will employees can file a wrongful termination suit. A Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyer can explain the exemptions further, but to give you an idea here is a short summary of each. An at-will employee can file a wrongful termination suit through these three exemptions: 1. Breach of contract It would be easy for an at-will employee to file a wrongful termination suit if he was actually given an express written contract but that is not usually the case.
There are contracts that are implied and are much more difficult to prove. One of the most common ways to prove this is through the employee handbook.
If it says that an employee cannot be terminated without just cause then it can be treated as an agreement between the employer and the employee that there has to be a legitimate reason for termination.
This requires employers to act in good faith and to deal fairly with the employee when it comes to his tenure with the company.
The interpretation can vary depending on the court, but generally it means that termination should be subject to just cause or that the law prohibits terminations made in bad faith.