Worker cannot prove "just cause" contract in face of "at will" provisions
Yussef Johnson sued Comer Holding LLC and CL Automotive, arguing that he was improperly dismissed from his employment. Johnson was recruited to be an operations manager of a joint venture between Comer Holdings and the Lear Corporation. He alleged that at the time he was recruited, he was told he could only be discharged "for cause" and that his termination was actually motivated by religious discrimination. The Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's dismissal of Johnson's claims.
The Court determined that Johnson's allegations of an oral promise of dismissal only for cause could not overcome the "terminable at-will" language in his hiring documents. It also concluded that he had presented only circumstantial evidence and no direct evidence of religious discrimination.