Employment At-Will: Missouri
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: XpertHR Editorial Team
- Employment relationships in Missouri 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.
- Missouri recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
- At-will employees in Missouri 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.