This Note will trace the cases following Coman v. Thomas Manufacturing Co. and the confusion among the North Carolina courts in determining an employer's liability for discharging an at-will employee. Next, this Note will explain the rationale behind those decisions and how the court of appeals arrived at its holding in Amos. This Note will also show how the Amos decision can be reconciled with other case law in North Carolina. Finally, this Note will conclude with issues for attorneys to consider before pursuing a wrongful discharge claim based on the public policy exception.
Victoria W. Shelton, Will the Public Policy Exception to the Employment-at-Will Doctrine Ever Be Clear? - Amos v. Oakdale Knitting Co., 14 Campbell L. Rev. 123 (1991).