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Involuntary Terminations: Utah

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Benjamin Harmon, Callister, Nebeker & McCullough


  • Utah courts require employers demonstrate a certain level of evidence when discharging contractual employees for just cause. See Terminations for Cause.
  • The Utah Genetic Testing Privacy Act proscribes use or consideration of genetic information or information about a current employee's blood relative in making termination decisions. See Genetic Testing Privacy Act.
  • Several Utah statutes include anti-retaliation provisions, making it unlawful for employers to retaliate against individuals by terminating them for engaging in certain legally protected activities. See Anti-Retaliation Legislation.
  • Certain shareholders in closely-held corporations are prohibited from terminating minority shareholders if the termination is a means with which to frustrate the minority shareholder's investment. See Fiduciary Obligations.
  • Some employers may be shielded from employment lawsuits, including claims for wrongful termination, based on their status as a franchise or a franchisor. See Franchisor Protection.