Just Cause

Definition - What does Just Cause mean?

Just cause refers to a legally and/or contractually justifiable reason for a party to do a specific thing.

Just cause is a legal concept that is often used in employment law. Employees who feel that they were not fired for a "just cause" often sue their employers for wrongful termination.

Justipedia explains Just Cause

The term "just cause" can also be used outside of employment law. For example, if one party in a contract believes that the other party breached the contract without just cause, then the first party may sue the second party for breach of contract damages.

Whether or not a particular action has just cause is determined by whether or not there are legitimate reasons for the actions. For example, if an employee set fire to the company building, then this would be just cause for their termination.

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