Stewart v. Chevron Chemical Co
In Stewart v. Chevron Chemical Co., 111 Wn.2d 609, 762 P.2d 1143 (1988), the Court looked at Chevron's policy manual regarding the sequencing of layoffs.
The Court determined the language of the policy did not amount to a specific promise.
Thus, Stewart's claim failed because Chevron had never modified the at-will employment relationship.
The court stated Stewart had also failed to show justifiable reliance because he was not aware of the company's layoff policy until after he was discharged. See Stewart, 111 Wn.2d at 614.