What are Arizona's employment termination laws?


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Arizona's employment termination laws allow employers to terminate an employee at any time unless there is a written employment contract, or unless the termination violates state or federal law, according to AZLawHelp.org. These include civil rights laws, occupational safety and health laws, agricultural or union employment laws, and other specific reasons.

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Exceptions to Arizona's at-will employment laws include employees who refuse to commit an act or omission that would violate a law and those who inform management of their reasonable belief that the employer is breaking the law, states AZLawHelp.org. If an employer terminates an employee for serving on a jury, voting, refusing to belong to a union, serving in the armed forces or National Guard or attending a court proceeding in which he is a victim, the employee may have grounds for wrongful termination.

In addition, employees have the right to be free from conditions of employment that include coercion to purchase goods or supplies or extortion of fees or gratuities, reports AZLawHelp.org. A public employee may also have the right to continued employment under the law. Employers in Arizona cannot terminate employees for exercising their rights under workers' compensation laws. Discrimination that results in the termination of an employee for age, disability or taking family medical leave is also prohibited.

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