Workplace discrimination occurs when an individual is adversely discriminated against due to a multitude of factors defined by law. Harassment is a form of discrimination that includes unwelcome behaviors by managers, clients, and co-workers, or other workplace associates. If you are fired because you speak out about the harassment, is wise to consult with an attorney who specializes in employment law. Colorado and Federal employment laws prohibit workplace discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. If an employee is wrongfully terminated based on any of these characteristics or traits, they can recover damages, including attorney fees, from their employer.
Employees have rights to fight back against wrongful termination based on workplace discrimination by complaining informally to their employer, filing a formal complaint, filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or Colorado Civil Rights Division, or filing a lawsuit. If an employer fires someone after they make a complaint for workplace harassment, it will be considered a claim for retaliation discrimination. This type of claim is usually filed after an employer attempts wrongful termination, demotion, pay cuts, downgrading job duties, removing career advancement opportunities and continuously harassing an employee, or creating a hostile work environment.
A successful discrimination legal action will be based on verifiable proof of the infraction and will be judged against the EEOC definitions according to the type of discrimination claimed. There are an increasing number of lawsuits filed in corporate America due to discrimination and harrassment, and select types may be covered under company insurance. Evidence is necessary to support any harm, or economic losses suffered through the workplace discrimination and when evidence is not presented, it may keep a person from recovering damages at a later time.
An employment law attorney can assist with the determination of damages that are awarded for successful employment discrimination actions. Damages are awarded to remedy intangible injuries such as emotional anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, pain and suffering, injury to professional community standing, injury to reputation and character, injury to credit and loss of health. Economic damages are easier to quantify and include potential moving expenses, job search expenses, medical expenses, behavioral health expenses, and out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the workplace discrimination.
Seek legal counsel.
An experienced attorney at the Law Office of Anderson Barkley can act on a client’s behalf by providing working knowledge of the latest federal and state laws that support a claim of wrongful termination for a discrimination cause of action. A complimentary consultation is available to you by calling the office.
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