Louisiana 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 Louisiana courts have generally refused to uphold contract claims that are based on an employee handbook and have held that an employee handbook alone cannot create a contract with an at-will employee.
For example, the Louisiana courts have refused to find or enforce an employment contract based on a personnel manual that contained only general guidelines for disciplining employees (Keller v. Sisters of Charity of Incarnate Word, 597 So.2d 1113 (LA App. 2 Cir. 1992)).