For most employers and employees in Arkansas the employment relationship is considered to be “at-will,” meaning that either the employer or the employee can end the employment relationship at any time for any reason, or no reason at all, without liability to the other. There are, however, a number of exceptions to that general rule.
These exceptions include Federal and State laws which allow employees to make claims against employers for alleged employment discrimination based upon prohibited reasons. Claims can be made by an employee for alleged employment discrimination based upon race, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability.
In addition, an employee can now make a claim against an employer based upon the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. Further, both Federal and State law allow claims against employers for alleged failure to pay overtime and failure to pay minimum wages.