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A review of wrongful discharge litigation in California, and of the judicially-recognized exceptions to the common-law principle of employment at will. Unfair dismissal legislation is advocated as serving the interests of employees, employers and the public. Experience with unfair dismissal legislation in Canada and Europe is reviewed and concerns of unions and the plaintiffs’ bar …

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Even in the most enlightened American jurisdictions, unorganized private employers need make no positive showing of cause before ridding themselves of an unwanted employee. There are signs [in the 1980’s] of interest by both courts and legislatures in broader protections for employees’ job interests. Professor St. Antoine surveys the existing body of law, foreign and …

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