FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All it means is that in Texas, and most states, is that an employer can fire an employee for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all. It also means that an employee can quit at any time, for any reason. There are three basic exceptions:
1) An employer cannot discriminate on the basis of any manner contained in this website, such as age, race, gender or disability. There are many other forms of wrongful discharge type exceptions contained in this website.
2) An exception to “employment at will” is obviously a contract of employment, either written or oral, that limits an employer’s ability to terminate employment or limits an employee’s ability to quit.
3) The only judicially created exception to the employment at will doctrine is known as the Sabine Pilot exception (named after the case that established it) or the “public policy” exception that makes it illegal for an employer to fire somebody who refuses to perform an illegal act.