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Wrongful termination after bringing a problem to light

Stepping forward and saying something when there is a problem is not an easy thing to do, especially in the workplace. There is always fear of retaliation. While whistleblower laws do exist, there are those who have been fired from their jobs for exposing problems. Those in Colorado who have experienced this kind of thing may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses sustained by filing wrongful termination claims in civil court.

Was age discrimination behind job refusal?

A woman in another state recently filed claims against her former employer after she was denied a job, allegedly due to her age. As age discrimination is not to be tolerated, if her age really did have anything to do with it she certainly is well within her rights to see compensation for her losses. The same could be said for any Colorado resident who has experienced a similar situation.

Watch out for that at-will employment contract

Most people are hired at at-will statuses. This is particularly true for those working in hourly positions. While this may be good for when a person wants to quit his or her job, it can also be bad in the fact that Colorado employers can then fire employees whenever they want. So, before taking that job, watch out for an at-will employment contract.

Why being a misclassified worker matters

Working for a company but not being classified as an employee can cause quite a few issues. Most people -- whether they reside in Colorado or elsewhere -- just want jobs, good jobs that offer a living wage and benefits. Unfortunately, some may find that they are hired as independent contractors rather than employees. Being a misclassified worker can mean not receiving all the benefits to which one believed he or she was entitled.

Wrongful termination case in another state settled

In another state, a former teacher filed several legal claims against the school at which he once worked after he was fired from his job. The claims submitted to court included wrongful termination, retaliation and disability discrimination. For teachers in Colorado who have found themselves in situations similar to this gentleman's, this story makes an interesting read.

Proving age discrimination occurred

People get fired from their jobs, refused promotions or refused employment for a number of reasons. In many cases, employers have legitimate reasons for making such decisions; unfortunately, there are those employers who do not. Age discrimination is a big problem right now in Colorado and elsewhere. Proving one is a victim of this type of discrimination is not an easy feat, however. How can a person prove that he or she was fired, refused a promotion or even refused employment based on his or her age?

Race discrimination case in another state settled

A construction company in another state has had some pretty bad press recently after two former employees filed discrimination lawsuits. According to reports, this case has recently come to a close, as the business has decided to settle the case rather than fight things out in court. Sadly, race discrimination can happen anywhere. Colorado residents who find themselves in positions like these two gentleman may also pursue their legal options in order to seek compensation for their losses.

What is the state's current minimum wage law?

Numerous people across the country work for employers who start their salaries at minimum wage. Every state has different laws when it comes to how much minimum wage is. What does Colorado's current minimum wage law say? According to the the state's Department of Labor and Employment, as of Jan. 1, 2017, minimum wage was increased to $9.30 per hour. This is a .99 cent increase from the previous year. It may not seem like much, but this can make a big difference over time.

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