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Employment At-Will: Minnesota

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Angela Rud, formerly of Lathrop GPM


  • In Minnesota, employment relationships are presumed to be at-will. See The At-Will Relationship.
  • Minnesota recognizes exceptions to the at-will presumption, including express and implied contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • At-will employees in Minnesota challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation, so long as the employee-plaintiff is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.