Wyoming is an “employment-at-will” state. Therefore, an employer may generally terminate an employment relationship at any time and for any reason unless a collective bargaining agreement, employment contract, existing law, or recognized public policy provides otherwise.
Despite a strong presumption in favor of the at-will standard, however, the Wyoming courts have held that specific statements contained in an employee handbook or policy manual may create an employment contract.
For example, the Wyoming courts have upheld employee contract claims based on a progressive disciplinary policy that specifically provided for a “just cause” requirement (Mobil Coal Producing Inc. v. Parks, 704 P.2d 702 (WY Sup. Ct. 1985)).