Employees are under a lot of pressure to not upset their employers, and so they may not feel comfortable taking actions that their employers won't like. However, the public has an interest in learning the truth, and so the law offers protections for employees who exercise their legal rights to report illegal or unsafe activity in the workplace. One of the most important ways state and federal laws protect these workers is through laws prohibiting certain types of workplace retaliation.
A man who at one time was a high-ranked employee at National Beverage Corp., the manufacturer of the famous LaCroix sparkling water drink, has sued his former employer on claims that he was wrongfully terminated.
A woman who was at one time the youngest person ever given the rank of Commander on the Denver Police Department has filed a retaliation claim against her employer.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, it is illegal for a Denver employer to retaliate against an employee who duly reports a law violation or who participates in a valid official or even intra-office investigation.
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.