At Will Employment

In United States labor law, at-will employment is an employer’s ability to dismiss an employee for any reason, and without warning, as long as the reason is not illegal.

When an employee is acknowledged as being hired “at will”, courts deny the employee any claim for loss resulting from the dismissal. The rule is justified by its proponents on the basis that an employee may be similarly entitled to leave their job without reason or warning.

Florida is an “at will employment” state – as are 48 others. The single exception is the state of Montana which generally requires employers to have good cause for dismissing an employee who has passed a probationary period.