San Antonio, TX asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Texas

Q: Can I change the "at-will" contract with my employer to "without cause" to have more employment protection rights?

Most private contracts with private employers are "at-will"

which means the employer or place of business can terminate you

for any reason at any time. I want to change an at-will contract with my employer

to put me on a more even playing field. Almost like a "bargaining agreement".

To have more employment protection

rights, other than what is just based on sex, religion or age.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Sorry, an "at-will" employment is the same as "without cause," so there's no benefit to trying to change the arrangement, because it won't give you any more rights.

If you are in a management position, your employer Might consider entering into an employment agreement that states certain requirements that must be met before they fire you, but even this is of limited protection - all you would have is a right to sue for damages if they sued you without the proper cause.

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