What Does At-Will Employment Mean in NJ?

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.