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If my employer violated the terms in the employee handbook by firing me, can I hold him responsible?

Most companies are “at-will” employers, meaning they can fire employees at any time for any legal reason. (Employees can also quit at any time with or without cause). However, employee handbooks may include language surrounding its firing practices, such as progressive discipline policies that assure employees will be terminated only for certain offenses and only after receiving certain warnings.

In the past, some courts have ruled an employee handbook is an implied contract, and therefore, an employer must follow the policies printed in the handbook. Now, many handbooks include a disclaimer that states they are not a contract.

If your employer violated the terms in your employee handbook by firing you and there is no provision stating the handbook is not an implied contract, you may be able to hold your employer liable.

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