Court cases being decided in 1989 will result in more changes of the law governing discharge of employees, according to Jathan W. Janove, an attorney with the law firm of Fabian and Clendenin.

Speaking during an Industrial Relations Council seminar in the Salt Lake Airport Hilton on discharge of employees, Janove said Utah has historically been a bastion of the "at will" rule that provides an employee hired for an indefinite period may be fired "at the will" of the employer.But federal law has made changes in this rule in recent years and recently the Legislature passed laws prohibiting certain types of discharges. The Utah Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits discharges based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, handicap or age (over 40 years old).

Janove said there has been an expansion in employee rights in the United States and courts in many states have established broad exceptions to the "at will" rule.