Court rejects worker's claim of employment contract; deems him "at will" employee with no job rights
Pointing to language in his employer's "Issue Resolution Policy" and its District Manager's Resource Guide, the plaintiff in Walsh v. Kraft Foods argued that he could not be summarily fired without cause. The documents identified by Walsh provided a progressive discipline policy and other rights--or at least suggestion of rights--like arbitration. The Court held that Walsh "could not reasonably have believed that the policies described applied to him" and summarily rejected his argument that he was entitled to some form of hearing or due process. Like virtually all employees in Michigan not protected by a union, he "could be fired for any reason or for no reason at all."