With a pronouncement that has become quite familiar to those who follow employment law, a nineteenth century state court captured the employment at will rule in its pristine form: "An employer can fire an employee for good reason, bad reason or for a reason morally wrong, without incurring any liability."
Sid L. Moller,
The Revolution that Wasn't: On the Business as Usual Aspects of Employment at Will,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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