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Termination — Texas

Termination is the final step in the discipline process. Make sure that before proceeding with termination you have read Discipline.

It is the long-established rule in Texas that employment that does not specifically obligate both the employer and the employee for a definite period of time is terminable at will by either party. This means that, as a general rule, an employer is free to discharge an employee at any time, with or without cause. It is important to remember, however, that “employment at-will” can be superseded by laws and regulations, enforceable employment agreements or by union contract provisions.

Exceptions to employment at-will

In recent years, many discharged employees across the country have filed suits against their former employers, attempting to create new exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine. The Texas legislature has passed several laws to create exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine through the language of the statutes. Federal statutes also create exceptions. In addition to federal and state statutory exceptions, the Texas Supreme Court has recognized an exception to the employment at-will rule, the only judicially created exception under Texas law. This is called the public-policy...

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