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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Ind. Law - Indiana Supreme Court reaffirms employment at will doctrine

In Paul Meyers v. James Meyers et al, a 7-page opinion, Justice Dickson writes:

We reaffirm the Indiana employment at will doctrine and decline to find exception for alleged wrongful discharge in retaliation for the assertion of a claim for unpaid wages.
Part 1 of the opinion reviews the history of the employment at will doctrine in Indiana and concludes:
In Morgan Drive Away, we emphasize that the "employment at will doctrine has stead-fastly been recognized and enforced as the public policy of this state" and that "[r]evision or re-jection of the doctrine is better left to the legislature." 489 N.E.2d at 934. We likewise decline to allow an exception to the doctrine in this case. The trial court was correct to grant the defen-dants' motion to dismiss Count III seeking damages for retaliatory discharge.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 22, 2007 10:56 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions