Posted by on March 19, 2012

Employment At Will

I have often had to explain to clients and potential clients what “at-will employment” means. Briefly, it means that an employer can fire you (in an at-will state, like North Carolina) for no reason, or for any reason, so long as it’s not a reason specifically forbidden by law.

That is the flip-side of your ability to quit your job without notice, without having to give a reason, and without penalty. (Contrary to a common misconception, you have no obligation under the law to give two weeks’ notice, though you could have an agreement to do so with your employer.) I often gave the example of your boss deciding she didn’t like the orange hat you wore into work that day.

Apparently, that also goes for orange shirts….

Law Firm Fires 14 Employees for Wearing Orange Shirts

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