Employment At-Will: Colorado
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.