Unit 7 Discussion – Employment-At-Will


Answer the following question:

Martha was hired as the general manager for an adult day care. For several months, she received positive feedback on her progress. At a meeting, two supervisors inquired about whether she had plans to have children. Martha indicated it was her intent to have children. Two weeks after this meeting Martha was fired and replaced by a 60 year old woman. The employee handbook included a policy on progressive discipline, which policy was usually adhered to. Martha also received and signed a disclaimer that stated in part: “I understand that [neither] the policies and procedures of the facility, nor the Handbook … are intended to constitute a contractual agreement … I understand that my employment is at will …”

  • Conduct research for case law on employment at will and discuss what the court said in this case about the principle of employment at will.
  • Discuss whether the disclaimer in the contract and the policy on progressive discipline in the employee handbook creates a modification of contract.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format.

The post and responses are valued at 40 points. Please review post and response expectations. Please review the rubric to ensure that your response meets criteria.

Estimated time to complete: 2 Hours

Peer Response: Unit 7, Due Sunday by 11:59 pm CT

Unit 7 Discussion – Employment-at-Will


  • When and how disclaimers may be used by employers.
  • The enforcement of disciplinary policies in a consistent manner regardless of individuals involved.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format.

Estimated time to complete: 1 Hour

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