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Demoted after reporting sexual harassment? What you need to know

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2023 | Blog, Employment Law

Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace. Thankfully, Colorado law provides important protections for employees who experience or report such misconduct.

Every employee has the right to a workplace free from sexual harassment.  Knowing your rights helps create a safe and respectful work environment.

Report issues

The law requires employers to investigate all reports of sexual harassment promptly and impartially. The investigation should be comprehensive and aim to determine the facts of the case. Employers must inform the complainant of the investigation’s progress and outcome.

Get protection from retaliation

The law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who report sexual harassment. Retaliation may include actions such as demotion, termination or any adverse changes to your employment status. Your employer cannot punish you for speaking out against harassment.

Take action

You can seek legal remedies if your employer does not appropriately handle your claim of sexual harassment. If your employer fails to address the claim or retaliates against you, you can file a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. They will investigate the matter and take necessary action. This may include launching an investigation, providing guidance and offering mediation.

According to one Harvard Business Law study, 58% of women do not report sexual harassment out of fear of retaliation. Men are even less likely to report harassment in the workplace. This may be due, in part, to victims not understanding the full scope of their rights. If harassment occurs, employees should be able to trust that their employers will handle it properly.