Florida is an “employment-at-will” state. Therefore, an employer may generally terminate an employment relationship at any time and for any reason unless a collective bargaining agreement, employment contract, existing law, or recognized public policy provides otherwise.
In keeping with a strong presumption in favor of the at-will standard, the Florida courts have declined to hold that employee handbooks may create an employment contract.
For example, a Florida court held that in the absence of a specific agreement for a particular period of employment, an employee's term of employment is indefinite and terminable at-will (Muller v. Stromberg Carlson Corp., 427 So.2d 266 (Fla.App. 2 Dist. 1983)).