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Employment At-Will: Florida

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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.