A New York judge has ruled that the employee-at-will doctrine doesn't apply to law firm associates who are terminated for refusing to go along with unethical conduct. A former associate at a high-profile Manhattan personal injury firm sued the firm and its name partners, claiming he was fired for his "refusal to allow himself to be drawn into" wrongful acts. A lawyer for the firm said the decision could open the floodgates to frivolous suits in which dismissed associates accuse firms of misconduct.
At-Will Doctrine Is Not Applied to Associate's Suit Against Firm
New York Law Journal
April 12, 2006