3.14-3 Wrongful Discharge
Revised to January 1, 2008
Under our law, contracts of employment
for an indefinite term may be terminated by the employer at will or, in other
words, at any time for any reason. However, there is an exception to this rule
where the employee is terminated in violation of an important public policy.
Such a termination is known as a wrongful discharge.
The plaintiff has alleged that
(he/she) was wrongfully discharged from (his/her) employment. In order to
prevail on (his/her) claim for wrongful discharge, the plaintiff must prove by a
preponderance of the evidence that the defendant's conduct surrounding the
termination of the plaintiff's employment violated an important public policy.
The court has determined that <state the policy allegedly violated> is an
important public policy.