Washington is generally an "at-will employment" state. This means the general rule in Washington is that, unless a contract, collective bargaining agreement or state statute says otherwise, an employer can terminate a worker with or without notice for any reason, good or bad, or for no reason at all.
However, an employer cannot terminate a worker when it jeopardizes Washington's "public policy." This means an employer cannot fire a worker because:
- The worker refused to commit an illegal act.
- The worker performed a public duty or obligation (such as jury service).
- The worker exercised a legal right or privilege (such as filing a worker's compensation claim).
- The worker reported employer misconduct (such as employer fraud).
If you feel you may have been wrongfully terminated in Kennewick, WA, call employment attorney Adam R. Pechtel today at 509-586-3091.