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Employment At-Will: Colorado

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Thomas W. Carroll, Susan W. Kline and Mary L. Will, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Colorado is an at-will employment state, meaning that both employers and employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any proper reason. See Employment At-Will Doctrine, Generally.
  • Exceptions from the at-will employment doctrine are found in contract, tort and statutory claims. See Exceptions to At-Will Employment.
  • Colorado employers may intentionally or unintentionally create an express or implied contact of employment that alters the at-will employment relationship. See Contract Exceptions.
  • Colorado recognizes a number of employment torts related to the termination of at-will employment. See Tort Exceptions.
  • Colorado has statutory limits on employers' ability to terminate employees at-will, including several unique statutes that employers must be aware of. See Statutory Exceptions.