Washington Law Review


A majority of courts now recognize that an employer's implied promise to discharge an employee only for just cause is an exception to the at-will employment doctrine. These courts, however, have not articulated a clear definition ofjust cause nor have they established a consistent standard for a jury's review of employer discharge decisions. This Comment suggests that courts develop strict guidelines for determining if an employee's conduct is just cause for discharge. Further, this Comment proposes that courts adopt a standard of review that requires the jury to balance employer and employee interests.

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