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Employment At-Will: Colorado

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Mary L. Will and Tareen Zafrullah, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Colorado is an at-will employment state, meaning that both employers and employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time. See The At-Will Relationship.
  • Colorado recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written and implied contracts and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
  • Colorado courts also recognize certain employment-related torts, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation, so long as the employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.