Wyoming Termination (with Discharge) laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Termination (with Discharge): What you need to know

Wyoming is an “employment-at-will” state. This means that, in the absence of a contractual relationship or statute, the employee or employer may end the employment relationship at any time and for any reason. However, there are several statutory and other exceptions to the at-will doctrine that place limitations on an employer's ability to terminate an employee.
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As a general rule, if a federal, state, or local law grants employees the right to engage in an activity or to enjoy a benefit, employees should never be disciplined, discharged, or otherwise retaliated against for requesting or attempting to do so.
To list a few key examples, state law prohibits employers from discharging employees for engaging in the following activities:
Equal pay. An employer may not discharge or otherwise discriminate against any employee because the employee has made any complaint to his employer, the director, or any other person, or instituted a proceeding under the state's equal pay laws (WY Stat. Sec. 27-4-304).
Jury duty. It is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for fulfilling his or her obligation for jury service (WY Stat. Sec. 1-11-401).
Military service. State law prohibits employment practices that discriminate against a person who is a member of, applies to be a member of, performs, or has performed in uniformed service. (WY Stat. Sec. 19-11-104).
In addition, an employee who is reinstated after leave for uniformed service may not be discharged without cause for 1 year after reemployment (WY Stat. Sec. 19-11-111).
Political activity. An employer may not discharge an employee who is nominated or elected to public ...

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