If an HR manager makes a verbal promise to an employee that he or she would not be terminated, how does that affect the employment at-will status of that employee?
Author: Melanie J. Perez-Vellios, VP Group, LLC
Verbal promises of employment made by an HR manager, supervisor, or other employer representative can alter the at-will relationship by creating an implied contract for which the employer can be held liable. It is therefore important that an employer representative avoids making verbal promises relating to job security. For example, statements such as, "You'll always have a job here," or "You'll never get fired from here" could result in an implied contract for continued employment.