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Charity Can Dismiss Employee At Will

Court ruling based on terms in the charity's employee handbook.

Key point: Employee handbooks can limit an employer's legal right to dismiss "at will" an employee hired for an indefinite term. However, this is not always the case.

• A Louisiana appeals court ruled that a charity could dismiss an employee at any time despite the existence of an employee handbook. A charity hired a female employee and provided her with a copy of the employee handbook. On a couple of occasions, the employee's husband engaged in violent and threatening behavior at the workplace. The employee was warned that further outbursts by her husband (who was not an employee) could not be tolerated and could result in dismissal. Several months later, the husband called the charity and threatened to "blow everyone away" and destroy everything connected with his wife. The employee was dismissed as a result of this incident (although the charity agreed to let her resign instead ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • May 3, 1993

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