Mississippi Employer’s Firearm Policy Not Acceptable Cause for Termination

As an at-will employment state, the Mississippi Supreme Court allows employers to fire employees “for good reason, bad reason or no reason at all, excepting only reasons independently declared legally impermissible.” McAm v. Allied Bruce-Teminix Co., Inc, 526 So.2d.603.606 (Miss.1993). When Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation fired Robert Swindol for having a firearm locked inside his vehicle, Swindol sued Aurora for wrongful discharge and defamation. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in favor of Swindol because Aurora’s firearms policy was in direct conflict with Mississippi’s state statute supporting the right to bear arms. Read the full case here.