you should know about your at will employment at IBM
IBM terminate me without a good reason?
Yes. In fact, most employees in the United States are at-will employees,
even though most employees are unaware of this situation. In most
states, the law presumes that private sector employees are employed
"at-will." The employment-at-will doctrine provides that
both the employer and the employee can end the employment relationship
at any time without notice or reason. This means the employer has
the right to terminate your employment at any time, for any reason,
or for no reason at all or for a bad reason, so long as the reason
is not illegal - even if your performance has been outstanding.
2. Are there any exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine?
Yes, there are several exceptions. You are not an at-will employee
if you have a contract, such as a union contract. When an employee
is covered under an employment contract, you can only be terminated
as the contract permits. If the employer does not follow the contract
in terminating or disciplining you, you may have a breach of contract
A handbook or personnel code may also be a contract. However, if
there is a disclaimer in your handbook, it may not be a contract.
State laws vary in evaluating whether a handbook is a contract.
You should consult your own state's law to determine if your state
considers handbooks to be contracts between employers and employees.
An employee may not be terminated for an illegal reason such as
their race, sex, age, religion, nationality, or disability.
- from the Workplace Fairness Website