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Employment At-Will: Indiana

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Rozlyn Fulgoni-Britton and Susan W. Kline, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Indiana is an at-will employment state, meaning all employment relationships are presumed to be at-will unless proven otherwise. See Employment at Will Doctrine, Generally.
  • Some employers elect to purposely alter the at-will nature of employment by creating employment contracts, while other employers may inadvertently create employment contracts with their actions or words. See Employment Contracts.
  • Indiana courts allow for a select few exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine based on public policy considerations. See Public Policy Exceptions.
  • Employers may be liable for claims of retaliatory discharge if they terminate employees after they engage in certain protected activities. See Termination in Retaliation for Legally Protected Activity.
  • Employers may be exposed to claims of defamation in connection with employee terminations, but their communications regarding employee performance may be protected by a qualified privilege. See Defamation and Qualified Privilege.