Employment At-Will: Florida
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Jolee Land, Phelps Dunbar LLP
- Under Florida law, in the absence of an express written contract, employment is presumed to be at-will. See Employment At-Will Doctrine, Generally.
- The doctrine of "additional consideration" can result in implied employment contracts that are only terminable for cause. See Employment Contracts
- Verbal promises regarding employment duration or grounds for termination may be enforceable in limited circumstances. See Employment Contracts.
- Lifetime contracts or contracts for permanent employment may be enforceable in extremely limited circumstances. See Employment Contracts.
- Florida courts recognize few exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine based on public policy considerations. See Public Policy Exceptions.
- Some Florida courts recognize other employment-related claims like intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, tortious interference with contracts, promissory estoppel (fraud) and fraud in the inducement. See Exceptions in Tort.