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Definition - What does Dismissal mean?

Dismissal, in an employment setting, refers to the release of an employee from the workforce. The term dismissal usually means that the termination was done at the will of the employer and not a voluntary action by the employee. Dismissal may also be referred to as termination, firing or discharge.

SureHire explains Dismissal

Dismissal from employment is an action taken by the employer. Some states permit an employee to be dismissed at-will, meaning that the employee may be terminated at any time for any reason. However, this termination must be done in compliance with state and federal employment and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, an individual employment contract between employer and employee may prohibit at will termination. Union membership may also affect the conditions under which an employee may be dismissed.

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