In the United States, employees without a written employment contract generally can be fired for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all; judicial exceptions to the rule seek to prevent wrongful terminations.
Source: United States Department of Labor, “The employment-at-will doctrine: three major exceptions” http://www.bls.gov/ website. Accessed December 2, 2015. http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2001/01/art1full.pdf
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