Most employers in Denver, Colorado, have at least a small set of workplace rules and expectations that they rightfully expect employees to follow. These rules should be objective and serve the purpose of protecting and promoting the business and its employees.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about how employees in the Denver area are protected under both federal and Colorado law from what is called retaliation.
Like other states, Colorado law affords protections to worker who witness illegal conduct in their workplaces and choose to do the right thing and report the behavior to the appropriate authorities.
Many workplaces today have a happy work environment with a good work-life balance. Coworkers get along and there is a positive environment happening in the work place. However, not all companies have been able to achieve this positive work environment. Sometimes discrimination or retaliatory behavior is present in the workplace. So how do you recognize such behaviors?
Sometimes, it might feel like everyone at one's workplace is against them. Whether that is just the result of a bad day or something more serious is worth considering. There is such thing as workplace retaliation, and it can happen as a result of reporting inappropriate workplace behavior, among other things.
Knowing an employer has acted wrongfully against you and proving that the employer is legally in the wrong are two very different things. The process of filing a claim of wrongful termination based on retaliation can be more complicated than it seems. Anyone in Colorado who feels that he or she has been the victim of workplace retaliation should understand the steps to take and also what exactly counts as retaliation.
There may be incidents when an employer and an employee simply don't see eye to eye and can't work without conflict or worse. While it isn't illegal or unusual to not necessarily like each other or get along, it is illegal for an employer to use his or her position to retaliate against an employee. Anyone in Colorado who feels that employer retaliation is the reason he or she has suffered negative consequences related to work may want to understand the specifics of what is needed in order to pursue a case of employer retaliation.
Workers' rights and union issues can be a hot-button topic for some industries and companies. One well-known international beverage company, Coca-Cola, has just settled a suit related to issues revolving around one man's attempt to unionize at a bottling plant. Any Colorado employee who feels retaliation for trying to unionize or speak out about problems on-the-job is why he or she was terminated from employment may be interested in learning about Coca-Cola's settlement of the case with a former delivery driver.
If a person works for a corporation and an incident he or she deems to be discriminatory occurs, there are typically established procedures for reporting that incident or behavior. In fact, all major corporations in Colorado and elsewhere have procedures in place to handle claims of discrimination. Despite these policies, one woman is suing a corporation based on her contention that she suffered retaliation for complaining about discriminatory behavior.
Most colleges and work places have procedures in place to bring concerns or accusations against other employees. When someone violates these procedures, or there is a lack of clarity when reporting something, it can lead to bigger problems. Recently, a college athletic coach was let go after an incident, and he has now filed a wrongful termination suit against the university. Any Colorado college or university worker may be interested in the story of the fencing coach.