Washington Law Review


Marilou Rickert


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.

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