Implied employment contracts are inferred contracts, that are based on the actions and suggestions of the employer. If an employee is discharged in breach of the implied employment contract, the claim might have enforceable in court.
Implied contracts are generally hard to prove, since they are not specific in nature. The burden of proof is always on the employee.
Implied employment contract exceptions
36 states and the District of Columbia do recognize implied contract exceptions to at-will employment.
There are 14 states that do not recognize implied contracts. The states that do not recognize implied contracts of employment are:
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
The states shaded blue do not recognize the implied contract exception: