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Why does the state of Kansas allow people to be terminated from their jobs without any justifiable cause?

Kathy Toelkes, director of marketing and communications for the Kansas Department of Labor, said if Kansas is the employer, state employees in classified service have a right to a hearing before the State Civil Service Board regarding termination. With regard to private employers, Toelkes said Kansas is an “employment-at-will” state, meaning an employer can terminate employees for any reason as long as the termination is not based on an illegal premise such as discrimination, retaliation or whistle-blowing. In cases with written contracts of employment or union contracts, however, the terms of the contract take precedence.

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