Washington recognizes the personnel manual exception to the employment-at- will doctrine but applies the exception restrictively. In Stewart v. Chevron Chemical Co., the Washington Supreme Court reversed a plaintiff's judgment for wrongful discharge. This Note analyzes the court's decision and finds it a step backward from previous Washington law establishing exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine. After Stewart, Washington provides less protection for employees than do other states. This Note suggests that a better rule would allow the trier of fact to decide whether a personnel manual is contractually binding.
The Personnel Manual Exception to Employment-at-Will: Is Job Security Merely an Illusion?—Stewart v. Chevron Chemical Co., 111 Wash. 2d 609, 762 P.2d 1143 (1988),
64 Wash. L. Rev.
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