May An Employee Assert a Cause of Action for Fraud In the Inducement ?
In Ohio, unlike in some other states, an at-will employee may assert a cause of action for fraud in the inducement, despite the fact that an at-will employee may be terminated at any time with or without a showing of good cause.
"Absent fraud in the inducement, a disclaimer in an employee handbook stating that employment is at will precludes an employment contract other than at will based upon the terms of the employee handbook." Wing v. Anchor Media, Ltd. of Texas (1991), 59 Ohio St.3d 108, 110, 570 N.E.2d 1095. Cf., Dewachter v. Scott (Fl.App., 1995), 657 So. 2d 962 (a fraudulent inducement claim is inconsistent with at-will employment).