Wrongful discharge Wrongful discharge occurs when a company unjustly terminates an employee based off of unfounded reasoning. An employee can claim unfair discharge when his termination results from a breached contract regardless of whether it was written or oral. Public policy violations are also considered wrongful discharge and can land a company in hot water. It is important for organizations to be mindful that unfair termination is an exception to the at-will employment policy. When a company chooses to terminate an employee, careful thought should be taken to determine that the grounds for discharge are justified, fair, and in alignment with laws enacted to protect employees.
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