We argue that only a federal statute can fully protect American workers from the harsh consequences of the employment-at-will rule. Part I of this Article outlines the nature and scope of the problems caused by the at-will doctrine. Part II surveys a variety of potential solutions to these problems - unionism, voluntary internal grievance mechanisms, existing statutes, the Constitution, and judicially created exceptions to the at-will rule - and finds each an inadequate source of protection. The final Part urges the enactment of a federal statute to protect all American workers from unjust dicharge and sets out several substantive criteria that such a statute should meet.
Jack Stieber & Michael Murray,
Protection Against Unjust Discharge: The Need for a Federal Statute,
U. Mich. J. L. Reform
Available at: https://repository.law.umich.edu/mjlr/vol16/iss2/7