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Employment At-Will: Alabama

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Alabama adheres to the employment at-will doctrine based on the decisions of state courts. See Employment At-Will Doctrine, Generally.
  • Employees seeking to demonstrate the existence of a contractual relationship must satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Employment Contracts.
  • Provisions of an employee handbook or policy manual may create enforceable contracts, depending on the circumstances. See Employee Handbooks.
  • Alabama has extremely limited public policy exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine. See Public Policy Exceptions.
  • Alabama does not recognize the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing insofar as it may pertain to termination of employment. See Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.
  • Employees may bring claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud and promissory estoppel, so long as they can satisfy evidentiary burdens. See Exceptions in Tort.