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Employment At-Will: Louisiana

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Author: Elizabeth A. Roussel, Adams and Reese LLP


  • Louisiana utilizes one of the strictest interpretations of the employment at will doctrine, with few, limited exceptions. See Employment At-Will Doctrine.
  • Louisiana courts will refuse to alter the at-will nature of employment based solely on the written terms of an employee handbook or manual. See Employee Handbooks or Policy Manuals.
  • Louisiana recognizes two distinct public policy exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine, but they are rarely applied. See Public Policy Exceptions.
  • Louisiana courts do not recognize the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing as applicable to at will employment relationships, but the covenant may apply to written contracts or where the employee is subject to retaliatory discharge. See Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.
  • Louisiana does not recognize any lifetime employment contracts and assumes that any such contracts are governed by the employment at will doctrine. See Lifetime Contracts.