As readers of this blog already know, our Denver law office represents Colorado employees who are victims of discrimination or sexual harassment.
We do in part because, as previous posts on this blog have discussed, people who have been victims of discrimination, sexual harassment and the like will not necessarily have an easy time proving their cases, even if their stories are truthful and compelling.
For example, in the case of discrimination, an employee has to prove not only that they belong to what is called a protected class but also that their employers took an adverse action against them because they were part of that protected class. As Colorado employers will rarely come out and admit that they discriminate, getting this proof can take some investigation and difficult legal work.
Nevertheless, pursuing a claim for discrimination is often the right thing to do for several reasons. One, it is worth it to stand up for one's own dignity and integrity as a person. Moreover, discrimination can unfairly cost a person his or her job or other important professional opportunities he or she needs financially.
There are ways in which employers can treat their workers unfairly. For instance, our office also works with employees have been unlawfully retaliated against by their employers for either standing up for their own rights or defending the rights and well-being of others.
Moreover, we are also able to advocate for employees who have had wages to which they are legally entitled withheld unlawfully, either directly or via tricks like forced, uncompensated overtime, misclassification as exempt employees, or the like.
We have also stood up for employees who were entitled to unpaid leave, usually under the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, yet lost their jobs or their job standing because they had to take care of their own health or that of a loved one.