Former Employee Loses Challenge to At-Will Doctrine
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Former Employee Loses Challenge to At-Will Doctrine

A university employee was terminated without cause following notice of a potential disciplinary action. He sought review of an Administrative Law Judge’s decision affirming his termination arguing although he was an at-will employee, his collective bargaining agreement (CBA) required his employer pursue a progressive discipline program and prohibited termination without cause. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals held the CBA did not conflict with the university employment policy labeling regular, exempt employees as at-will, and it was thus entitled to terminate the employee with notice and without cause. Although the former employee was unsuccessful here, the court’s decision makes it clear at-will employment can still be amended 

Swift v University of Maryland