Employment At-Will: Maine
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Linda D. McGill, Matthew Tarasevich, and Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson
- Employment relationships in Maine are presumed to be at-will, meaning the employment relationship can be terminated by either party, at any time, with or without cause. See The At-Will Relationship.
- Maine recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written and verbal contracts. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
- At-will employees in Maine challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation, so long as the plaintiff-employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.