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Swindol v. Aurora Flight Services Corporation

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Fifth Circuit Broadens Exceptions to At-Will Employment

Ogletree Deakins • August 18, 2016
On August 8, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recognized a new public policy exception to the at-will employment doctrine, allowing a former employee to sue his employer for terminating his employment for legally storing a gun in his car on company property in a publicly-accessible parking area.

The Dawn Of A New Wild, Wild West In Mississippi? State Supreme Court Rules On Employees Workplace Firearm Rights

Fisher Phillips • March 30, 2016
On March 24, 2016, the Mississippi Supreme Court issued an opinion that allowed an employee to proceed with a wrongful discharge lawsuit after being terminated for possessing a gun on company premises, significantly altering employers’ ability to forbid the presence of firearms at the workplace (Swindol v. Aurora Flight Services Corporation). In doing so, the court created another exception to Mississippi’s venerable employment at-will doctrine, a doctrine that has existed in our state for 150 years. All employers, both public and private, should take note.