If a disciplinary procedure is promised. The Texas courts are fairly conservative in upholding the concept of at-will employment. Still, employers should be extremely cautious about allowing anyone in the organization to make any promises, whether oral or written, regarding terms and conditions of employment to an employee or applicant.
Employee handbooks. In keeping with a strong presumption in favor of the at-will standard, the Texas courts have generally held that promises contained in an employee handbook or policy manual do not create a contract of employment, especially when the handbook contains a disclaimer.
However, an employee handbook may modify that relationship if it expressly limits the employer's right to terminate an employee (Williams v. First Tennessee National Corp., 97 S.W. 3d 798 (TX Ct. App. 2003)).
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