What Is At-Will Employment?

What Is At-Will Employment?

The concept of “at-will employment” basically means that an employer can fire its employee for any reason or no reason at all without warning. On the other hand, an employee can quit whenever he or she wants to. The doctrine of “at-will employment” or emerged at the end of the 19th century, when government intervened very little in issues related to business and employment relations. It was the time when the free market dictated all employment policies. Later the labor movement and collective bargaining eliminated employment at-will for unionized workers. Employers were supposed to demonstrate a “just cause” before applying disciplinary measures or firing an employee of the organized company. […]

Discriminated Against by Ex’s Boyfriend at Work?

There are a lot of ways how an employee can be discriminated against at work. But can you be discriminated against by your ex’s boyfriend? Well, if he is your boss, then probably “yes.” And it’s not just a hypothetical question. That’s what allegedly happened in Stanford Business School. In 2014 former professor of Stanford University Graduate School of Business Mr. Phills filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against dean of the School Mr. Saloner and Stanford University (as co-defendants). According to Mr. Phills, he was the subject of harassment and wrongful termination by the dean, because the dean had an affair with Mr. Phills’s ex-wife. According to Mr. Phills, he […]