Colorado follows the legal doctrine of "employment-at-will" which provides that in the absence of a contract to the contrary, neither an employer nor an employee is required to give notice or advance notice of termination or resignation. Additionally, neither an employer nor an employee is required to give a reason for the separation from employment. In Continental Airlines Inc. v. Keenan (1987), the Colorado Supreme Court recognized at-will employment in Colorado, and noted that there may be certain exceptions to the presumption of at-will employment.
To review the requirements regarding the payment of final wages when an employee separates or is terminated use the link below.
The Division of Labor cannot intervene in disputes involving allegations of discrimination or harassment. If you feel the actions of your employer may have been discriminatory you may wish to contact the Colorado Civil Rights Division or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Colorado Civil Rights Division:
Phone: 303-894-2997 or 800-262-4845
If you feel your treatment may have been wrongful for other reasons, you will need to contact an attorney for legal advice.
Advisory Bulletin: Payment of Wages Upon Termination of Employment, 3(I)
Advisory Bulletin: Notice of Termination and Employment-At-Will, 4(II)
Advisory Bulletin: Employee Mistreatment and Discrimination, 14(II)
Colorado Revised Statutes 8-4-109 (Termination of Employment)
Colorado Revised Statutes 8-4-105 (Deductions Permitted)
Colorado Revised Statutes 13-71-134 (Jury Service)
Colorado Revised Statutes 24-34-402 (Discriminatory or Unfair Employment Practices)
Colorado Revised Statutes 24-34-402.5 (Off Duty Legal Activities)
Colorado Revised Statutes 24-50.5-103 (Retaliation Prohibited)
Colorado Revised Statutes 8-4-120 (Discrimination or Retaliation)
Continental Airlines Inc., v. Keenan, 731 P.2d 708, 711 (Colo. 1987)