The goal of this article is to articulate a coherent framework for understanding the default rules for employment termination. While most observers see chaos here, I find a certain logic in the leading cases. The courts have been boldest when job protection is most appropriate, and they have hesitated precisely when at will plays its most useful role.
Stuart J. Schwab,
Life-Cycle Justice: Accommodating Just Cause and Employment at Will,
Mich. L. Rev.
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