Colorado Wrongful Termination Attorneys
Serving Denver Metro, Boulder, Greeley, Steamboat Springs, Fort Collins and all of Colorado
Colorado is an “at will” state, which means that your employer can fire you at any point for any reason, or even no reason at all. While the “at will” rule might make it seem as though you have no recourse should you be fired, there are exceptions to the rule, including discrimination, implied contract, and violating public policy.
As an employee, you have a federal and state right not to be discriminated against. If you believe you were fired because of your race, gender, color, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic information, or sexual orientation you need to speak to an experienced discrimination attorney as soon as possible.
Colorado law prohibits workplace discrimination and you should not have to work in a hostile environment at work. Discrimination claims can be filed with the Colorado Civil Right Division or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Your attorney can help you with the process.
It is the same for independent contractors, and Union employees: contracts and provisions that detail termination policies must be followed by the employer. While union workers can take their case to their union representative, independent contractors and employees should consult an employment attorney for advice.
Public Policy Violations
There are certain actions that are widely accepted by society as invalid for termination. Some of these reasons include performing a public duty, refusing to do something illegal, or implementing a job-related right. Examples of these public policy violations include:
- Requesting time off for jury duty
- Requesting time off for military or National Guard duty
- Requesting time off to vote
- Disclosing illegal activity to the authorities
- Filing a discrimination complaint
- Reporting a safety violation to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
If you believe you are a victim of wrongful termination you may be able to eligible to file a complaint for back pay and lost wages, reinstatement to your job, punitive damages, as well as attorney fees and costs.
Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Termination
After so many years representing clients who were wrongfully terminated, The Ramos Law Firm has created a list of the most common questions we’ve received. To make it easier to understand Colorado wrongful termination laws, we’ve including that list here.
I worked for the same employer for almost six years when I got pregnant. I only took one month off after the baby was born, but my employer said my position had become redundant and they had no openings left for me. Can they do that?
If your employer has more than 50 employees, then you should be protected under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and should not have been let go. In fact, FMLA allows you take up to 90 days unpaid days off after the birth of your child, after which you should be able to return to your position and suffer no discrimination. Speak to your Colorado employment law attorney right away to see if you are eligible to file a discrimination claim.
I am Native American and some of the people I work with are always making comments and cracking jokes about me being “Indian.” I have complained to my employer, but they aren’t doing anything to make it stop. What can I do to make it stop?
As an employee, if you work in a hostile environment because of your race, you can bring a race harassment case against your employer, provided you followed the grievance procedures established by your employer. Speak to your employment law attorney as soon as possible. You only have so many month to file a harassment claim.
I believe I was wrongfully terminated from my job. What should I do? Can I get my job back? What about the wages I have lost?
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, speak to your wrongful termination attorney right away and request a written explanation of why you fired. Get the contact information for any of your fellow employees who could be witnesses or offer evidence of your wrongful termination for your attorney. You can file a written demand with the company for back wages or commissions that are due to you and be sure to give your attorney any reply you may receive. Your attorney will investigate your case and advise you on whether you have a case or of any additional measures you should take.
I am an independent contractor who was working under contract for a large company. After 8 months, they terminated my contract out of the blue saying they no longer needed my services. I turned work away to fulfill my contractual obligations to that company. What can I do?
If the business terminated your contract prior to the agreed contract end date, you may be able to file a breach of contract claim against them and seek damages or other compensation for your lost income. However, you need to speak with an experienced Colorado wrongful termination attorney as soon as possible because of the statute of limitations on breach of contract and wrongful termination laws.
Were You Wrongfully Terminated?
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The team at Ramos Law can save you a lot of time finding out if state laws apply to your employment situation. For example, under Colorado law, most employees are at will. However, if you were fired because you filed for workers’ compensation or turned your employer in to a governmental agency for illegal acts, you may have a wrongful termination claim.
If you think you have been wrongfully terminated, you might have the right to financial compensation. To find out if you have a case, call Ramos Law at (303) 731-4477, or fill out our no-obligation Case Evaluation Form.
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