Employment Law Attorneys
As an employee, you have important rights. United States laws and Colorado laws prohibit the exploitation of workers through unfair employment practices. However, knowing how to enforce your rights can be daunting, especially when it involves your employer.
Our Colorado employment law attorneys represent individuals in a range of employment issues and are ready to fight for justice. If you have questions about how you’ve been treated at work, or if you are ready to take legal action, contact our attorneys for a free consultation about your case.
What Does an Employment Law Attorney Do?
An employment law attorney represents employees who may have various legal issues with their employer. They see the case from the employee’s perspective and advocate to protect their rights.
Our lawyers for employment law do several things on behalf of our clients, including:
- Explaining your rights – Before doing anything, a worker needs to understand their rights. An employment law attorney explains the law so that the worker knows their legal options.
- Filing complaints and enforcement actions – Some employment rights may be enforced by making a complaint to the appropriate entity. For example, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may investigate some types of employment discrimination. An attorney assists their client to file an effective complaint and know what to expect from the process.
- Litigation – When a worker’s rights have been violated, an attorney may assist them in filing the appropriate litigation. Most often, the victim seeks monetary compensation for the damages they have suffered because of the unlawful action against them.
- Compliance – Employers have a large body of laws and regulations to comply with when they hire and employ workers. An employment attorney can work with a company to ensure compliance with the myriad of laws that apply in the workplace.
What Does Employment Law Cover?
When we talk about employment law, this practice area covers a wide range of topics and issues that employees may experience. Remember, employees have rights in the workplace. When treated unfairly, you may have an employment law claim based on any of the following:
- Employment Contracts – When an employment contract exists, the employer must follow it. If they terminate employment in violation of an agreement, the worker may claim damages, including lost wages.
- Discrimination – An employer may not discriminate in the hiring, promotion, management, or termination of employees based on a protected class. There are many protected classes, including race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability. Discrimination claims often come down to complex facts and witness testimony. An experienced attorney can effectively question witnesses and build the evidence to prove employment discrimination.
- Harassment – Like discrimination, a worker has the right to be free of harassment in the workplace, including sexual harassment. If you are the victim of harassment or a hostile work environment, you may take legal action.
- Retaliation – A worker has the right to fair treatment by their employer. They have the right to take advantage of employee programs like workers’ compensation and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If there is an investigation into unfair employment practices, a worker may cooperate without fear of retaliation. It is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against a worker for exercising their employment rights.
- Wage and Hour Disputes – If your employer is not paying you what is due, you may have a claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or the Colorado Wage Act. If you are owed straight time or overtime pay, you may be entitled to more than just reimbursement for back wages. You may also be entitled to monetary penalties, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs.
Employers and employees are required to treat other workers fairly, equally, and with respect. When they fail to do this, employees may qualify to file a work-related lawsuit for compensation.
What Is Wrongful Termination?
Even though Colorado is an at-will state, that doesn’t mean an employer can fire an employee for any reason. Wrongful termination prevents firing for reasons based on discrimination against a protected class or retaliation. Our wrongful termination attorneys can help determine if you have a case and what you might claim in compensation for unfair firing.
What Are Examples of Workplace Discrimination?
Employers cannot discriminate based on a protected class. Some examples of workplace discrimination include:
- Only workers of a specific gender have customer-facing positions.
- An employer asks about an applicant’s children and refuses to hire women with children.
- Certain employees are passed over for a promotion because of their race or national origin.
- When an employee contracts a medical condition and disability, they need to sit down for more extended periods during the day. Although this is a reasonable accommodation, the employer refuses to allow it.
- An employee is made to endure inappropriate comments of a sexual nature. When the employee brings the issue to management’s attention, they ignore the issue and later demote the employee.
- When an employee gets fired, the firing is a pretext because the employee is pregnant.
- Employees of a certain gender receive higher pay.
Workplace discrimination can take many forms. Of course, the employer is unlikely to admit that they’re guilty of discrimination. Investigating the situation can be difficult, but is necessary to get employment records and interview workers. Unfortunately, other employees may not always cooperate with an investigation.
Our experienced employment discrimination attorneys can help you build your wrongful termination claim or other work-related lawsuit and determine the appropriate remedy.
What Are Laws that Protect Employees?
Federal law protects employees from unfair treatment, including:
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act
In addition, Colorado state laws like Colorado minimum wage and overtime laws, jury leave requirements, unemployment laws, nursing mother breaks, and pay for hours worked are just some of the many laws that protect workers in Colorado.
How Can an Employment Law Attorney Help?
Employment law claims are inherently complex. It can seem like your employer is so big and powerful, and you don’t stand a chance of getting justice. However, working with an experienced labor lawyer helps level the playing field.
With so many laws that apply in the workplace and with claims being complicated, an employment law firm helps you understand and enforce your rights. They guide you through the process so that your case is an empowering experience that results in justice for you.
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