Public policy can be defined as the laws, customs and principles that the Government creates to maintain order and address the needs of its citizens.

It is not any given law, but the entirety of laws and mandates that govern the country.

Wrongful termination in violation of public policy refers to firing an employee due to a reason against public policy.

States that recognize the public policy exception

Most US states recognize the public policy exception to at-will employment. There are 8 states that DO NOT recognize it. These states are:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Rhode Island

The states in pink recognize the public policy exception, the ones in blue don’t:


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