Duquesne Law Review


The .employment-at-will rule, which permits termination of employment without cause, has been the subject of controversy since its inception. Until recently, however, the rule has been strictly construed against the employee. The author discusses the current trend in the courts to liberalize the rule by developing good faith and public policy exceptions. After a general historical review and an analysis of the exceptions recognized thus far by the courts, the author concentrates on Pennsylvania law, both common and statutory. The author concludes that the judiciary should adopt a broad public policy exception and suggests a statutorily based "good cause" requirement.

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