What Does At-Will Employment Mean in NJ?

By Thomas McKinney

New Jersey is an at-will employment state.  That means that you have no guarantee to continued employment and that you can quit or be fired for any reason at any time. The exception to this is that you are not considered an at-will employee if you signed an employment contract that sets a certain duration of employment.  However, our experience has been that almost all employment contracts in New Jersey contain a provision stating that you are still an at-will employee. Nonetheless, New Jersey’s employment laws prevent your employer for terminating you for a illegal reason, i.e. discrimination, harassment, whistle blower, etc.

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Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.