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Being gainfully employed is cause for feeling great about life for many people However this joy is often short lived when the security of making a living and providing for ones family is on shaky ground Currently the United States does not have a great track record for protecting workers Many of the state governments differ in their applications of the laws that do exist as opposed to federal government In many instances state laws are stricter and offer more protection to their citizens than federal laws This paper will look more closely at some of the issues involved in the area of employment law Approximately 43 states in the United States are employment-at-will states This is a common practice that means that either employer or employee may terminate the employment at any time for any reason There are three exceptions to this rule however The most common is a termination that violates state regulations Another that is recognized throughout the country is termination after an implied contract has been established The least practiced with a total of 11 states participating is the good faith and fair dealings covenant that states a termination cannot be made in bad faith or with malice Muhl 2001 A just-cause employee may only be dismissed for a very good reason There are laws at the federal level to protect migrant workers that are overseen by the Department of Labor US Dept of Labor 2006 These laws apply to disclosure or job information wages housing vehicles and payroll records of each employee As to state laws in 17 states there is legislation that states a persons sexual orientation cannot be grounds for dismissal In this case employee protection is extended to the employee on both a federal and state level Wikipedia 2006 However there are gray areas and these areas are what concern lawmakers and taxpayers alike Problems with employment laws as opposed to other countries and their employment
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