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Employment At-Will: Vermont

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Author: Heather Rider Hammond, Gravel & Shea PC


  • In Vermont, employment relationships are presumed to be at-will in the absence of a contract. See The At-Will Relationship
  • Vermont recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including contractual, statutory and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • At-will employees in Vermont challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including intentional infliction of emotional distress, and defamation, so long as the employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.