Thursday June 12, 2014
Employee At-Will Doctrine in Kentucky
posted by Oliver Barber, Jr.
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
In all 50 states (except California and maybe Michigan), the “At Will” Doctrine reigns supreme in employment situations.
Every week, sometimes 5 or 6 times a week, a prospective client will come in my office after having been terminated from their job. They are bewildered, sad, mad, and confused.
“I have been a good employee.”
“I did nothing wrong.”
“I have been faithful to the company for ____ years!”
It does not matter.
In Kentucky, if you do not have an employment contract or belong to a union, the company can fire you for reason, good or bad reason!
The only exception to that rule is that the company may not discriminate against the employee on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age or physical condition.
In order to determine whether you fit in to one of these categories, contact me immediately.
Do not resign. At least give yourself a chance to fight back – legally.