Wyoming State Employment Laws

By Tara Nethercott

The following is a brief summary of state employment laws.  This summary is provided for general information only and is not intended as legal advice.  Please consult a Woodhouse Roden Nethercott, LLC attorney for more specific guidance. 

 

Employment At-will

In Wyoming, most employment arrangements are at-will.  Generally, at-will means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time, for any or no reason, without incurring legal liability. Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason with no adverse legal consequences.

 

Exceptions to At-will

Employment Contracts – express or implied
An employee may have an employment contract with the employer, it is possible that the contract only allows for separation of employment under the terms of the contract. In that case, the terms of the contract will apply.

It is also possible that an implied contract has been created through actions between the employer and employee or most commonly through employee handbooks.

Good Faith and Fair Dealing
Another exception is known as implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. In this case, it may not be lawful for employers to terminate a person in order to avoid their duties, such as paying for healthcare, retirement, or commission-based work.

Unlawful Purpose

Regardless of the at-will employment status of the employee, an employer is still prohibited from making any adverse employment decision that is unlawful.  An example of this is that an employee may not be terminated for an illegal reason such as their race, sex, age, religion, nationality, or disability.