Employment-At-Will Doctrine

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Imagine you are a recently-hired Chief Operating Officer (COO) in a
midsize company preparing for an Initial Public Offering (IPO). You
quickly discover multiple personnel problems that require your immediate
attention.

  1. John posted a rant on his Facebook page in which he criticized the company’s most important customer.
  2. Ellen
    started a blog to protest the CEO’s bonus, noting that no one below
    director has gotten a raise in two (2) years and portraying her bosses
    as “know-nothings” and “out-of-touch”
  3. Bill has been using his company-issued BlackBerry to run his own business on the side.
  4. After
    being disciplined for criticizing a customer in an email (sent from his
    personal email account on a company computer), Joe threatens to sue the
    company for invasion of privacy.
  5. One of the department
    supervisors requests your approval to fire his secretary for
    insubordination. Since the secretary has always received glowing
    reviews, you call her into your office and determine that she has
    refused to prepare false expense reports for her boss.
  6. Anna’s boss refused to sign her leave request for jury duty and now wants to fire her for being absent without permission.

As
an astute manager, you will need to analyze the employment-at-will
doctrine and determine what, if any, exceptions and liabilities exist
before taking any action. As you proceed with your investigation, you
discover the company has no whistleblower policy.

Write a four to six (6) page paper in which you:

  1. Summarize
    the employment-at-will doctrine discussed in the text and then evaluate
    three (3) of the six (6) scenarios described by determining:

    1. Whether you can legally fire the employee; include an assessment of any pertinent exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine.
    2. The
      primary action(s) that you should take to limit liability and impact on
      operations; specify the ethical theory that best supports your
      decision.
  2. Examine your state’s policy on
    employment-at-will. Analyze at least one (1) real-world example of an
    employee or employer utilizing your state’s employment-at-will doctrine
    in the last five (5) years. Include a summary of the main issue and the
    outcome in the identified real-world example.
  3. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference and proprietary Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be
    typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with
    one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA
    or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional
    instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the
    assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title,
    and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
    the required assignment page length.
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