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Process of Termination: Colorado

This item is part of Process of Termination: Federal

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Mary L. Will, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • In Colorado, the at-will relationship between employers and employees may be modified by contractual provisions, or by written or verbal statements which create an express or implied contract or an enforceable promise that requires the employer to have just cause to terminate employment. See Termination for Cause.
  • Colorado employers must notify every worker upon their separation from employment that unemployment insurance benefits are available to workers who meet the eligibility requirements. See Notice Requirement.
  • Employers generally may not terminate employees for lawful activities that occur off the employer's premises during non-working hours. However, there are limited exceptions as noted below. See Lawful Off-Duty Activities.
  • Most private employers may not terminate employees due to the employee's discussion of wages. See Protection for Wage Discussions.