at-will employment
An employment arrangement in which the employee may quit at any time, and the employer may fire the employee for any reason that is not illegal. For example, an employer may fire an at-will employee for poor performance, to cut costs, or because the employer simply doesn't like the employee, but may not fire an at-will employee for discriminatory reasons, to retaliate against the employee for reporting harassment, or because the employee exercised a legal right.
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights
Category: Employment Law & HR → Human Resources

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

at-will employment
USA
Employment that is not guaranteed and can be terminated at any time by either the employee or employer for any reason that is not unlawful (for example, a discriminatory reason). In most states, employment is presumed to be at-will unless agreed otherwise, in which case employment is terminable only for-cause (for-cause employment).
For further information, see Practice Note, Recruiting and Interviewing: Minimizing Legal Risk: Risk of Creating For-Cause Employment Relationships. (www.practicallaw.com/1-500-4361)

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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