Estoppel in The Employment Law Context


An estoppel is not created by purely oral representations as to employment for an indefinite time period. In Patterson & Associates v. Leal, No. 13-96-059-CV, a file clerk quit her job at a lawfirm after speaking to a manager at another firm who inquired into the clerk’s availability to commence work the following week and invited the clerk to interview that week. In the clerk’s suit against the second firm for promissory estoppel after she was not hired, the court holds that the claim is barred by the doctrine of employment at will because it was an oral agreement and of no definite time period and is therefore terminable at will by either party.


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