In Utah, employees are generally employees at will. That means that the default rule is that they can be fired at any time for any reason. There are some significant limitations on Utah law, however.
Utah employers may not terminate an employee if the termination is:
- In breach of employment contract;
- Discrimination: when the termination is based on the employee’s race, gender, national origin, age, or disability;
- Retaliation: when the employee is terminated as a result of a legal action by the employee, like demanding certain rights, making a wage claim, making a worker’s compensation claim and requesting reasonable accommodations for a disability;
Usually wrongful termination includes one of the above factors, and for a successful claim there is usually no other discernible reason for the termination. In other words, if the employee was consistently late, under-performing, or committing illegal activities at work, it would most likely be very difficult to win a wrongful termination action.
If you believe that you may be the victim of a wrongful termination, please call or email to discuss your matter with a Utah Wrongful Termination Attorney.