Wrongful Termination in Colorado
Legally, a “wrongful termination” claim means something very specific. Federal and state law make it illegal for an employer to fire an employee for discriminatory reasons, which may include discrimination relating to race, color, religion, pregnancy, disability, national origin, advanced age, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Wrongful Termination for Discrimination
If you believe your employer fired you for a discriminatory reason, you should speak to an experienced lawyer to help you through the process. This may require filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Colorado Civil Rights Division.
There are deadlines for filing a charge, so don’t hesitate to reach out to an attorney, or you may lose the right to pursue your claims. You can read our blog post here about common mistakes that people make when filing their own charge.
In discrimination cases, employees may be entitled to receive both compensatory damages and punitive damages—money awarded to punish the employer and deter the company from continuing to engage in this illegal conduct.
Wrongful Termination for Retaliation
Retaliation occurs when an employer fires, demotes or disciplines an employee for taking a legally protected action relating to the workplace—such as whistle-blowing, reporting or investigating an act of discrimination or harassment, or filing a complaint about hazardous work conditions. To prove retaliation, you must be able to show that your employer fired you because you had engaged in one of these protected acts.
Breach of Contract
An employment contract is a legal document between the employer and employee that establishes the terms of employment and dismissal. Employees with an employment contract may have strong grounds for bringing a wrongful termination claim against their employer. If you have a contract, then you’re no longer an at-will employee.
Hire An Employment Attorney in Denver
If you believe you have been wrongfully discharged in Colorado, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. The experienced employment attorneys at Livelihood Law are happy to discuss your rights and options. You can also check out our blog for more information about employee rights.
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Navigating the ins and outs of an employment case can be extremely difficult to do without legal counsel. Livelihood law is here to help. Contact us to discuss your matter with one of our experienced employment attorneys.