University of Baltimore Law Review


In recent years, courts in other jurisdictions have created certain exceptions to the general rule that an at-will employee may be terminated without cause. The Court of Appeals of Maryland, in the recent case of Adler v. American Standard Corp., limited the at-will rule by recognizing a cause of action for abusive discharge. In this article, the authors trace the development of the at-will rule and exceptions to it carved out by courts and legislatures. After reviewing certain facets of the law of abusive discharge in other jurisdictions, the authors examine the Adler case and discuss the possible ramifications of this decision.

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