Just Cause in Montana: Did the Big Sky Fall?

Source: Barry D. Roseman, Advance: The Journal of the ACS Issue Groups, Vol. 3 no. 1, Spring 2009

This issue brief summarizes the common-law doctrine of employment at will in the United States and its impact, including the unfair results it has produced for many employees. It then examines the experience of Montana, the only one of the 50 states that has adopted an alternative approach–one requiring that private-sector employers have just cause to dismiss employees even if they do not have contractual just-cause protections.

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