Abusive discharge is a terminated employee’s claim that their termination breached some public policy of the state. Abusive discharge claims are often brought when no claim for breach of contract or violation of a statute can be alleged. Thus, the employee attempts to show that the termination violated a general public policy espoused by the state.
Compare to: Wrongful termination
[Last updated in June of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]