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Discrimination and harassment in the workplace can be traumatic for those who experience it. State and federal laws protect employees against discrimination and harassment based on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability. These same laws frequently prohibit employers from taking an action against an employee who opposes discrimination, or engages in legal activities away from the workplace. When an employer discriminates against its employees, either through an adverse employment action or harassment, that employee may have a cause of action.

Employees are protected in the workplace by a wide range of federal and state laws. The lawyers at the Traylor Law Group have extensive experience representing employees in a variety of disputes and negotiations with employers.

In particular, we may be able to assist you with one or more of the following issues (please click on each link to learn more):

Discrimination

Are you experiencing employee discrimination? Federal and state statutes entitle employees to a workplace that is free from discrimination based on a variety of protected characteristics, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. Discrimination occurs when an employer subjects an employee to an adverse employment action based on one of these characteristics. Often, an employee can experience job discrimination but feel they may not have a proper way of assessing the extent of the discrimination.

If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, the Traylor Law Group can provide a helping hand to assist you in defending your civil rights. Our discrimination lawyers have extensive experience helping employees stand up to their employers in discrimination cases. We have a proven track record of representing employees who have been victims of discrimination, achieving considerable success on behalf of our clients and helping them find ways to successfully defend themselves against employment discrimination.

Please keep in mind that discrimination claims are subject to strict time limits for filing, and they often must be reported within 180 or 300 days of the incident. If you feel you have been wronged in the workplace, contact the Traylor Law Group promptly so we can help you determine the extent of your case and stand up for your rights.

If you are experiencing employment discrimination, contact the Traylor Law Group at 303-321-1862 to schedule a consultation.
 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is employment discrimination, and it is prohibited by both federal and state laws. There are two forms of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo harassment occurs when a co-worker or superior promises some benefit in exchange for sexual favors or punishes an employee who refuses sexual advances. A hostile work environment consists of comments and conduct of a sexual nature that are sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the terms or conditions of an employee’s work environment.

If you have been sexually harassed at work, the Traylor Law Group can assist you in defending your civil rights. Our attorneys regularly represent employees who have been victims of sexual harassment, and we have achieved considerable success on behalf of our clients. Please keep in mind that sexual harassment claims are subject to strict time limits for filing, and they often must be reported within 180 or 300 days.

For more information about the Traylor Law Group, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our offices at 303-321-1862.

 

Retaliation

Many statutes that create legal rights for employees also contain provisions that prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who exercise those rights. Retaliation occurs when an employee suffers an adverse action at work as a result of opposition to an unlawful business practice or participation in an investigation or other proceeding related to a complaint.

If your employer has retaliated against you, the Traylor Law Group can assist you in defending your civil rights. Our attorneys have pursued countless retaliation claims on behalf of employees, and we have achieved considerable success on behalf of our clients. Please keep in mind that retaliation claims are subject to strict time limits for filing, and they often must be reported within 180 or 300 days.

For more information about the Traylor Law Group, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our offices at 303-321-1862.

Wrongful Termination

Although many terminations feel unjust, they are usually not illegal. Because Colorado is an “at-will” state, employees and businesses are typically free to terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any lawful reason, or even for no reason at all. However, there are several situations in which firing an employee is unlawful.

For example, an employer may not terminate an employee if that person’s job is protected by an employment contract. While employment contracts are usually in writing and signed by both the employee and employer, a contract may also be implied from statements by the employer or from the terms of an employee manual or handbook.

In addition, an employer may be liable for wrongful termination if firing the employee would result in a violation of public policy. These claims typically arise when an employee is terminated for one of the following reasons:

• Refusing to commit an illegal or unethical act
• Fulfilling a duty imposed by law
• Exercising an employment-related right or privilege
• Reporting unlawful or unethical conduct or participating in an investigation of such conduct
• Engaging in lawful activities outside of work

If you believe you have been unlawfully terminated, the Traylor Law Group can assist you in pursuing your rights. These claims are complex, and often require the assistance of skilled attorneys specializing in employment law. Our attorneys regularly represent employees bringing wrongful termination claims, and we have achieved considerable success on behalf our clients.

For more information about the Traylor Law Group, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our offices at 303-321-1862.

Contract Negotiation and Review

Signing a new employment contract can be an exciting experience, but it can also be a daunting task. Employees are often unfamiliar with the legal jargon contained in contracts and have little knowledge of the implications of the various terms. While many contract provisions seem trivial, these terms can have significant consequences, particularly if disputes arise.

If your employer has asked you to sign a contract, the Traylor Law Group can assist you in this difficult and complex process. Our attorneys have experienced firsthand the effects that certain contract provisions can have on an employee’s rights, and we can advise you of these important issues. In addition, we may be able to work with your prospective employer to negotiate more favorable terms.

For more information about the Traylor Law Group, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our offices at 303-321-1862.

Non-Competition Agreements

Employees are often asked to enter into noncompetition agreements with their employers. These agreements, sometimes called covenants not to compete, generally prohibit an employee from competing with a former employer for a specified period of time after leaving the company.

Noncompetition agreements can be intimidating, because they threaten to prevent employees from working in their specialized line of work.

Fortunately for employees, Colorado courts are highly suspicious of noncompetition agreements. Regardless of whether the agreement is signed by the employee, noncompetition agreements are only enforceable in limited circumstances and must be reasonable in terms of scope and duration.

If you have been asked to sign a noncompetition agreement, or if you are already subject to an employment contract that contains a noncompetition clause, the Traylor Law Group can help you understand your rights and evaluate your options.

For more information about the Traylor Law Group, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our offices at 303-321-1862.

Because of the broad scope of behavior involved, the law governing the relationship between employer and employee is both diverse and complex. We use our expertise to obtain relief for our clients, while also providing security in potentially intimidating situations.

For more information about the Traylor Law Group, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our offices at 303-321-1862.

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Traylor Law Group
1721 High St.
Denver, Colorado 80218
Office: 303-321-1862
Fax: 303-837-1214 email