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Employment At-Will: Ohio

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Keith A. Asthmus and Michael N. Chesney, Frantz Ward LLP


  • Employment relationships in Ohio are presumed to be at-will. See The At-Will Relationship.
  • Ohio recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written and verbal contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • At-will employees in Ohio challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under various tort theories, so long as the employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.