If you have recently lost your job, you might be wondering whether you have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. Colorado and Wyoming are considered “at-will” states. That means an employer can generally terminate an employee's employment any time and for any reason, or for no reason at all.
However, there are some exceptions to the at-will rule. If your employer fires you for discriminatory reasons, in violation of an employment contract, or in retaliation for exercising your rights, you may have a legal claim against your employer for wrongful termination.
State and federal laws give employees the right to take time off work for certain civic obligations and personal responsibilities. Employers may not discipline or fire workers for exercising these rights. In Colorado, these rights include: Military Leave, Jury Duty, Voting, and Family and Medical Leave, among others. In addition, there are other reasons for absence or leave that are protected. These include Workers' Compensation, Workplace Safety, and some Legal Off-Duty Conduct. Employers are also prohibited from terminating an employee for refusing to engage in illegal activity or for exercising job-related rights.
If you believe that your employer has wrongfully terminated your employment, The Olson Law Firm can help. By taking the time to fully understand the circumstances involved in your job loss, we can evaluate the likelihood that you have been wrongfully discharged and recommend next-steps in order to help you navigate the legal issues in front of you.