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Contracts in Engineering

For most engineers and many scientists, the employment contract frames their professional activities. American courts apply the common law doctrine of "employment at will" when interpreting employment contracts for engineers and scientists. Under this doctrine, the employer is free to hire and fire at will, and the employee is free to take up employment and resign at will. This means that an employer may dismiss an "at will" employee, in the words of the court in an often cited case, "for good cause, no cause, or even cause morally wrong, without thereby being guilty of moral wrong" (Payne v. Western and Atlantic RR, 81 Tenn. 507, 519–20 [1884]). As a consequence, for example, engineers have reason to fear that by asking challenging questions about the safety of a project, they risk being fired. The "employment at will" doctrine is subject to limitations expressly indicated in federal and state statutes...

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