Terms of Employment: Kansas
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Authors: Alan L. Rupe and Aaron Sauerwein, Kutak Rock LLP
- In addition to federal antidiscrimination laws, Kansas maintains its own antidiscrimination laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age and pregnancy. However, employers may discriminate with respect to certain employment policies, including prohibitions against smoking in the employer's place of employment. See Employment Terms Must Comply With Kansas Antidiscrimination Laws.
- Kansas courts have established criteria for making determinations regarding whether a person should be classified as an employee or independent contractor. See Determination of Whether an Employer-Employee Relationship Exists.
- Kansas follows the general rule that in the absence of a contract, express or implied, between an employee and an employer covering the duration of employment, the employment is terminable at the will of either party, and the employee has no cause of action for breach of contract upon discharge from employment. See Kansas Is an Employment At-Will State.