Areas of Practice
Under our Federal laws, everyone in the United States is protected from employee discrimination based on: race, sex, age, disability, national origin, and religion. In Colorado, pregnancy and sexual orientation are also protected classes. This area of the law is still evolving and can be difficult to prove. Building your case takes careful thought and digging into the exact circumstances. If you win your employee discrimination case, you can get back pay, front pay, compensation for lost benefits, emotional distress damages, exemplary damages, and reimbursement of your attorney fees and court costs.
Legally, a “wrongful termination” claim means something very specific. It doesn’t cover all the instances where employees are terminated for opposing conduct that is illegal, or terminated for reasons that are against public policy. For example, you should not lose your job because you filed a Workers Compensation claim.
“Retaliation” has a very specific legal meaning in employment law. Your Employer is prohibited from taking adverse action against you because you complained about discrimination or objected to discriminatory treatment.
Pursuing a retaliation claim requires going through the administrative process at either the EEOC or the CCRD. You are not required to have attorney representation for this process, but in order to have the best chance of reaping the possible benefits, we recommend it in most situations.
If you are unemployed through no fault of your own, you are likely eligible for Unemployment Benefits. If you are denied Unemployment Benefits, you have a short window to ask for a hearing, and the hearing may be scheduled quickly, reducing your opportunity to fully prepare, so don’t wait to contact us. We can help you navigate the Unemployment System, including making your best case at a Hearing.
Whether or not a proposed Separation Agreement makes sense requires taking a look at the circumstances that lead to your termination. If you have strong legal claims, the amount of money your employer is offering might not be enough. You also will want to make sure you understand what you are both agreeing to, and whether the terms are standard or if there is something unusual buried in the fine print. Negotiating better terms happens all the time. Call us to set up a consultation and we’ll provide you with a personalized strategy for getting the best deal possible.
Unpaid commissions often arise as an issue at the time of separation from a company, whether you are leaving on your own terms or unexpectedly. Call us to set up an initial consultation and discuss what you are entitled to under the law and your best options for a cost-effective resolution.