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Can I be fired without a reason?

Yes.  Iowa is what is called an “at-will” state regarding employment law.  What this means is that either an employer or an employee and can be fired or leave a job at any time for any legal reason (i.e. not discrimination based on race etc.)  The theory behind this policy is a tradeoff where an employer can fire an employee who is not performing well without penalty and in trade an employee can quit their job without fear of being sued by the company.  If there was an employment contract then the provisions of that agreement will control.
Reference: Anderson vs. Douglas & Lomason Co., 540 N.W.2d 277 (Iowa 1995)

Author: Iowa Concern Attorney

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Date last updated: 07/08/2002
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