Employment At-Will: Pennsylvania
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Authors: Celia M. Joseph and Christin Choi, Fisher Phillips
- Employment relationships in Pennsylvania 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.
- Pennsylvania recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written and verbal contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
- At-will employees in Pennsylvania challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation, so long as the employees are able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.