In Thompson v. St. Regis Paper Company, the Washington Supreme Court limited the employer's right to discharge at will employees by carving out three specific exceptions to the at will rule. This approach is a tentative step toward protection of the interests of employees in Washington. However, because many unjustly discharged employees will be unable to frame a complaint that falls within one of these narrow exceptions, the Thompson decision falls short of a comprehensive solution to the problem of unfair discharge.
Three New Exceptions to the Employment at Will Doctrine—Thompson v. St. Regis Paper Co., 102 Wn. 2d 219, 685 P.2d 1081 (1984),
60 Wash. L. Rev.
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