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Employment at will is a U.S. legal doctrine stipulating that, absent specific legal or contractual exceptions, employees work at the discretion (“at will”) of employers. In the most general sense, employment at will is a legal account of the employment contract, holding that unless specified otherwise, employment contracts are for an indefinite period and can be terminated by either party at any time. This account assumes that if either party desired an employment commitment for a specified time period, they would make that a condition of the contract. In this sense, employment at will applies equally to both parties: Just as employees can quit at any time without reason, an employer can terminate an employee at any time without reason.

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