Losing your job can be an emotionally painful experience. You may feel that your employer treated you unfairly or terminated you without a good reason. Perhaps something else was going on when you lost your job. Do you have a wrongful termination case?

Employers in Colorado have considerable leeway in their authority to terminate employees, but in certain situations, this action is illegal.

When is it legal to fire an employee?

Your performance at work, timeliness, and drug use, including marijuana, use are all examples of considerations that can affect an employer’s decision to fire you or keep you on the team. An employer can also choose to terminate you if he or she is looking to cut back on staff. If your employer has terminated you for any of these reasons, you may not have a wrongful termination case.

When is it illegal to fire an employee?

Terminations that violate public policy are illegal. For example, where an employee is terminated for whistleblowing, because they exercised a legal right or performed a legal duty, or for another act that public policy would encourage. Discrimination is another reason that a termination can be illegal: in Colorado, an employer may not terminate an employee on the basis of the employee’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, transgender status, sex, gender, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, age over 40 years, lawful conduct outside of work, national origin, citizen status, military status, genetic information, ancestry, color, race, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, or for being married to a coworker.

When you have proof of an illegal termination

If you can provide evidence that your employer fired you for any of the above reasons, you may have a valid wrongful termination case. If you want to file a claim, document the events of your termination as thoroughly as possible to present as proof that your employer fired you for one of the illegal reasons described above.