The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (Wage and Hour) at both the federal and state level enforces Wage and Hour violations for employees of private businesses and state and local governments. To recover back pay, liquidated damages, attorney's fees and court costs, it is necessary to consult with an attorney.
Prior to filing any Employment Based Discrimination lawsuit suit, it is necessary to file a complaint with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
The anti-discrimination laws give you a limited amount of time to file a charge of discrimination. In general, you need to file a charge within 180 calendar days from the day the discrimination took place. The 180 calendar day filing deadline is extended to 300 calendar days if a state or local agency enforces a law that prohibits Employment Discrimination on the same basis. The rules are slightly different for age discrimination charges. For age discrimination, the filing deadline is only extended to 300 days if there is a state law prohibiting age discrimination in employment and a state agency or authority enforcing that law. The deadline is not extended if only a local law prohibits age discrimination. Time limits for filing a charge with EEOC or DORA generally will not be extended while you attempt to resolve a dispute through another forum such as an internal grievance procedure, a union grievance, arbitration or mediation before filing a charge. To ensure that your rights are protected, we suggest that you contact our Employment Law attorney immediately if you believe you have encountered discrimination in the workplace.