A case pending before the Colorado Supreme Court currently has the potential to change the landscape of employment law in this state.
A previous post on this blog talked about how several well-known companies are facing allegations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, that they engaged in discriminatory recruiting practices. The issue was that these employers either placed, or allowed, Facebook ads that were selectively shown both to people under 40 and to men.
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, recently filed formal allegations against several companies accusing them of unlawful targeted recruiting that, according to the allegations, was designed to discourage older workers, and in some cases women, from applying for certain positions.
Generally speaking, the #MeToo movement has given a lot of people the courage to speak up about sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior in the work environment. This has been a positive thing for the most part, since no employee in Colorado should have to endure sexual harassment.
While continuing to deny that it engaged in age discrimination during a relatively recent layoff, it has come to light that the government of Mesa County, Colorado, settled two claims filed by former employees. Both former employees had also alleged age discrimination, as they, too, were fired in connection with the same layoff.
People who call the Denver area home come from all parts of the world. Some are relatively recent arrivals both to Colorado and to the United States, while others may have lived here with their families for most or even all of their lives.
A total of seven women who once worked for Amazon have separately accused the online retail giant of pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or "EEOC," the number of pregnancy discrimination claims filed with the federal agency dropped from 3,174 to 2,790 between the fiscal year 2017 and 2018. The EEOC is the federal agency tasked with enforcing the employment discrimination laws of the United States. A separate organization enforces Colorado's state-specific anti-discrimination laws. This is the lowest number of pregnancy discrimination charges submitted to EEOC since 2010 and represents about a 12% drop in the number of claims filed in fiscal year 2017.
A Denver resident who is applying for a position has probably noticed that, these days, most job descriptions include a list of "essential job functions." Usually, these are in addition to the actual description of the job and the list of required skills and experience.
As many residents of Denver know, Colorado has to some extent allowed the residents of this state to use marijuana legally. While the state constitution has for over five years allowed people to possess and use marijuana in limited quantities, the drug technically remains illegal under federal law.