Although the Utah courts generally adhere to the presumption of at-will employment, there are a number of statutory and recognized common law exceptions to this rule.
Garnishment. No employer may discharge an employee because his or her earnings have been garnished in connection with a judgment (UT Code Sec. 70C-7-104).
Genetic testing. Under Utah’s Genetic Testing Privacy Act,, generally, in connection with hiring, promoting, or retaining an individual, an employer may not:
• Access or take into consideration private genetic information about the individual;
• Request or require an individual or his or her blood relative to submit to a genetic test;
• Request or require an individual to consent to a release for the purpose of accessing private genetic information; or
• Inquire into or otherwise take into consideration an individual's taking or refusing to take a genetic test (UT Code Sec. 26-45-103).
Internet privacy. Effective May 14, 2013, under the Internet Employment Privacy Act (IEPA), employers may not discharge employees because they do not disclose user names and passwords that allow access to their personal Internet accounts (UT Code Sec. 34-48-101 et seq.).
Jury duty. An employer may not deprive an employee of employment or threaten or otherwise coerce the employee regarding his employment because the employee receives a summons, responds to ...