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Employment At-Will: Arizona

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Author: Franci G. Fealk, Paige A. Martin, Mary Grace McNearand, and Daniel Press, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Under the Arizona Employment Protection Act (AEPA), employees in Arizona are generally considered at-will. See The At-Will Relationship.
  • Arizona recognizes various exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written and verbal contracts. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • At-will employees in Arizona challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and intentional interference with contractual relations. See Tort Considerations.