Colorado Governor Hickenlooper Signs Job Protection Act
On May 6, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed The Job Protection Civil Rights Act 2013.
This new law is very important for Colorado Employment Discrimination plaintiffs!
Before the change in the law, emotional damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs were only allowed under federal anti-discrimination laws, not under state law. For federal law to apply, an employee had to work for an employer who employed more than 15 employees. As a result, many discrimination victims, working for employers with less than 15 employees, were unable to seek the same damages as employees who worked for larger employers.
Governor Hickenlooper and the state legislature recognized this injustice and changed the law to support Colorado victims of discrimination working for small employers. Under the new law, plaintiffs who work for employers with less than 15 employees, may claim emotional damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs in addition to lost wages, interest, reinstatement, and other forms of non-monetary relief.
We greatly appreciate the hard work of our state legislature as well as Governor Hickenlooper. This new law will greatly benefit victims of employment discrimination throughout the state of Colorado.
If you have been the victim of Employment Discrimination, contact our Employment Law Group for a free evaluation of your case. Failure to wait may result in waiver of your rights!
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