Montana is the only State that requires employers to have a good reason (or “good cause”) to fire an employee.
Under Montana law, “A discharge is wrongful … if … the discharge was not for good cause.”
Wisconsin, like most States, is not a “good cause” State and is instead an “employment-at-will” State. This means in WI an employer may fire an employee “for good cause, for no cause, or even for cause morally wrong, without (the employer) being thereby guilty of legal wrong.” Brockmeyer v. Dun & Bradstreet, 113 Wis.2d 561, 567 (WI SC 1983).
So, which State is better? Is Montana an employee’s promised land, or another attempt at utopia that’s bound to fail? Should Wisconsin be a “good cause” State? I don’t have an answer, other than to say WI law should be better to employees than it is.