These days, economic realities demand that most parents work out of the home in addition to caring for their families. For many parents, balancing work and family responsibilities is a constant struggle - nearly half of American parents worry about losing their jobs because of family obligations, according to the Bright Horizons Modern Family Index.
One of the most stressful situations in life can be losing a job, especially when the reason may be unknown or unlawful. Although most terminations are legal, there are instances where employers have illegally fired an employee. Whatever the case may be, if a Colorado employee feels that he or she has fallen victim to a wrongful termination, it is wise to review the state's employment laws before proceeding with any legal action.
Employees in Colorado and all across the United States are protected from unfair acts in the workplace by state and federal laws. One of the most important of these laws is the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA provides qualified employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. Although full-time employees are legally entitled to medical leave, some employers may choose to retaliate and punish employees for using FMLA leave. This is allegedly what happened to an employee in another state, and he has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Several Wells Fargo employees claim that they were retaliated against after whistleblowing on the giant bank. Employees were largely responsible for uncovering illicit activity that affected customers in Colorado and the rest of the United States. Many of the affected employees claim that they were the victims of wrongful termination.
A woman who has polycystic kidney disease has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods with help from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit alleges that the woman, whose condition leads to cysts growing on her kidneys and can ultimately lead to kidney failure, was fired for her disability and that Whole Foods did nothing to accommodate the woman despite her disability.
Stepping forward and saying something when there is a problem is not an easy thing to do, especially in the workplace. There is always fear of retaliation. While whistleblower laws do exist, there are those who have been fired from their jobs for exposing problems. Those in Colorado who have experienced this kind of thing may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses sustained by filing wrongful termination claims in civil court.
In another state, a former teacher filed several legal claims against the school at which he once worked after he was fired from his job. The claims submitted to court included wrongful termination, retaliation and disability discrimination. For teachers in Colorado who have found themselves in situations similar to this gentleman's, this story makes an interesting read.
Losing a job can be a difficult thing to get through, as it leaves one concerned about the future. Things can be made even worse if an individual believes that the circumstances surrounding his or her firing were questionable. If a person has reason to suspect that he or she is the victim of wrongful termination, according to the laws of Colorado he or she may have legal recourse.
Colorado employees who work 18 years for an employer might believe they have job security. Employees might also believe that returning to work after a serious injury acquired on the job would indicate dedication of the employee to an employer. One former police officer in another state claims neither is the case for him, and he has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his employer.
Employment is an integral part of the lives of many individuals in Colorado and across the country. Although there may be an overwhelming variety of fields available, a person might have a specific area in mind in which to pursue a position. Unfortunately, some individuals may be denied employment, or even receive unfair treatment at work, especially with regard to age discrimination.