LGST 101 Lecture 25

Bad cause anything that goes against public policy

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Bad cause – anything that goes against public policy Breaching law – you can’t for example be discharged for refusing to follow an order that breaks the law Certain protected classes Sex, race, age, origins, religion Protected under Constitution and federal and state law You look at public policy o Employee handbook – have not merely rules, but rules that are put into print What you can and can’t do, what your rights are Stipulates grounds for termination Law says you can be terminated for any reason at any time
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Handbook says that you cannot – employer cannot fire you unless he follows certain procedures For example, “we will only fire for cause” May first have to rehabilitate employee, then if that doesn’t work, then you can fire him The handbook includes whatever the rules might be o Changing relationship of employer to employee (not other way around) Employee can walk at any time, still Say you have a good employee, and you tell him that you will keep him here as long as he wants to stay You give him—just this specific employee —employment for life in doing so He can’t be terminated for no reason now –
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  • Fall '08
  • Miller
  • Public Policy, Termination of employment, At-will employment

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