Most employment relationships are at will. This means that employers and employees can end the employment relationship at any time and for any reason. The courts, however, created an exception to the employment at will doctrine. It is called wrongful termination or discharge in violation of public policy. For short, employment lawyers call it simply wrongful termination. Wrongful termination or discharge is a different legal claim than discrimination and other employment claims. The key to a wrongful termination claim is pointing to a public policy that the termination goes against. The public policy must be found in the federal or Ohio Constitutions, a statute, administrative rules or regulations, or the common law (that is, judge-made law established in judicial decisions).

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