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Gender at the heart of an employment discrimination case

In another state, a woman recently filed a lawsuit against her former bosses. She is claiming employment discrimination based on her gender. She also says she is the victim of retaliation. Sadly, her story is one that some in Colorado may find similar to their own situations.

According to a recent news report, a woman who was the director of economic development for her location's Regional Chamber filed claims against her boss and the Chamber CEO after she was allegedly refused promotions and, ultimately, let go from her position. She began working for the Chamber in April 2016. Between then and Jan. 2017 she is said to have applied for promotions three times and was denied each time. The reasons she was allegedly told included that she did not "know her place" and that she had children in school and other family concerns that would interfere with her duties. The promotion was eventually given to a male with similar familial circumstances.

This is not the first complaint made against this particular Regional Chamber. Other former employees, also women, have expressed their concerns about gender bias. It is unclear if any other legal actions have been filed against the Chamber. In this case, the plaintiff is seeking a minimum of $75,000 in damages. A spokesperson for the Chamber said that it will not comment on the case as litigation is pending.

When it comes to getting promotions at work, it does not always happen and it is a big let down when it just does not work out. This case is about more than just being denied a promotion, however. It is about how this employee was treated as a result of her gender. If the plaintiff in this case can prove that she was the victim of gender-related employment discrimination, she may be awarded a monetary judgment for any losses resulting from her experience. Those in Colorado who have been subjected to similar ordeals may also pursue legal actions in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

Source: stltoday.com, "Regional Chamber employee lawsuit alleges gender discrimination, retaliation", Mike Faulk, Aug. 25, 2017

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