Colorado is an “at-will” state which means employers are normally free to terminate the employment relationship for any lawful reason at any time or even for no reason at all. However, there are numerous circumstances where the termination of an employee is unlawful. For example, an employer cannot fire an employee if an employment contract protects that person’s job. Not everyone has an explicit employment contract, but employment contracts can be implied from statements by the employer or from the terms of an employer’s employment manual.
Furthermore, an employer’s action may violate public policy and make the employer liable for wrongful termination. For example, an employer may violate public policy for firing an employee for refusing to commit an illegal or unethical act, fulfilling a duty imposed by law, exercising an employment related right, reporting unlawful conduct, participating in an investigation, or participating in lawful activities outside of work.
The Law Office of Roger Seat LLC can help you evaluate your employment law situation. To schedule a low cost appointment with a Loveland employment lawyer or to get more information call 970-663-9384 or complete the contact form on this website.