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The Definition of Employment at Will
Read the Donn Milton, Dr., v. IIT Research Institute on page 32-33 of the text attached. After reading the case, answer the following questions:
1) What does employment-at-will mean?
2) In legal terms, why did Milton lose her case?
3) The court here expresses concern that, if Dr. Milton were permitted to win, it would open a "Pandora`s box," with "every corporate officer fired in the wake of a disagreement over an employer`s business practices" a potential successful plaintiff. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
4) Take a look at Montana`s "Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act" found on page 44 . How do you believe Milton would have fared under this Act?
5) Would the SOX law have protected Dr. Donn Milton? Why or Why not?
6) Public policy tort actions for wrongful discharge have been allowed in a number of different situations. Discuss each of these situations.