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Conclusion

The recognition of contract rights comes at the same time that employees have learned that they cannot be denied the right to vote, serve on a jury, apply for workers' compensation or unemployment insurance, or attend to other legal matters. They also know they have the right to protest or refuse if they have been asked to violate a law or a standard of social conduct. All such strictures violate the rights granted by the dictates of public policy. But what constitutes public policy?

No matter how morally outraged an employee may be by what the employer requires or does, undesirable personal morals alone cannot define or become the source of public policy. Rather, public policy is based on common law, the state and federal constitutions, state and federal statutes, judicial decisions, and public morals. Only by looking at values created by those processes can public policy be determined.


  

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