What We Do
We are lawyers for people who:
- Are fighting back against harassment
- Are taking action against discrimination
- Are standing up for their rights
The lawyers at Working Plaintiff are employment law specialists who focus upon employee rights. An employee rights attorney has advanced expertise in the law of discrimination, unlawful termination, wrongful termination, hostile environment, employment contracts, and all areas of employment law and labor rights. In addition to giving legal advice to employees, employment lawyers file federal employment law claims in the Federal Courts, and in the United States Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). All EEOC claims arising anywhere in Colorado are filed in the agency’s Denver Office. Likewise, most lawsuits involving federal employment law whether from Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction or other communities in Colorado, must be filed in Denver where Colorado’s United States District Courthouse is located. Working Plaintiff, with office locations in Denver and Boulder, is well positioned to litigate federal employment law claims from all regions in Colorado.
In addition to federal employment law, Colorado employees are also protected by additional employee rights enacted under Colorado law. Colorado state law claims also cover wrongful termination laws, discrimination laws, and other aspects of employment law. Under certain circumstances, Colorado employment law provides greater protection than federal employment law. Likewise, many of Colorado’s municipalities including Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction may provide additional employment laws or employee rights specific to residents within their jurisdictions.
Employment law is a complex legal specialty t that requires a great deal of knowledge, expertise, and experience. Attorneys at Working Plaintiff frequently provide a free initial consultation, and, in appropriate cases, will work on a contingency fee (no recovery-no fee) agreement.
Discrimination law, or civil rights law, is an important part of both federal employment law and Colorado employment law. Discrimination laws support unlawful discharge claims, harassment cases, hostile work environment cases, and unequal treatment claims. Discrimination laws protect employees from workplace harassment, bullying, unfair transfers, pay disparity, and other employer wrongdoing. Unlawful discrimination may be may be caused by a wide range of prejudices, including prejudice based upon sex, sexuality, gender, pregnancy, age, race, ethnicity, language, national origin, religion, orientation, and associations. Anyone who suspects that they are impacted by unlawful employment discrimination should consult with a qualified employment lawyer, as this can be a complex and changing legal area.
Wrongful termination, or unlawful termination, is an issue often confronted by employment lawyers. Rights are violated when an employer fires, terminates, or discharges an employee in a way that violates the law. A wrongful discharge caused by discrimination may give rise to a wrongful termination claim. Moreover, unlawful terminations may occur when an employee is discharged in breach of express contract or implied contract. There are numerous other ways that a discharge or termination could be unlawful. Anyone who feels they may have been unlawfully terminated from employment should consult with an employee rights attorney with appropriate expertise.
Hostile environment law, also known as workplace bullying, is becoming an increasingly important specialty in employee rights law. Workplace bullying can occur in the context of unlawful discrimination when an employee is verbally abused, or physically abused, because of prejudice and bigotry. Hostile environments, or bullying, caused by unlawful discrimination may be redressed by federal civil rights laws, and federal discrimination laws. In addition to discrimination law, other laws may protect an employee from hostile workplace bullying. For example, tort laws that prohibit personal injury, assaults, slander, and the infliction of severe emotional distress, may be used to redress bullying and hostile work environments. Due to the complexity, and evolving nature, of hostile environment law, anyone who is being abused or bullied at work should consult an employment lawyer with advanced knowledge in this legal specialty.
Employment contracts may impose both rights and obligations upon an employee. Employment contracts include non-competition agreements, privacy agreements, non-disclosure agreements, compensation and benefit agreements, and other contract agreements. Employers will often require a prospective employee to sign such agreements as a condition of employment. Issues with these agreements will often arise when an employee decides to seek employment elsewhere and the employee plans to use the knowledge, skill, and experience gained on the previous job. Similar issues will arise when the employee wishes to move into a business that competes with the previous employer. Even in the absence of a written agreement, there are unwritten laws, such as the common-law employee’s duty of loyalty to the employer, which can create similar issues and concerns. Fortunately many terms in non-competition, and similar contracts, are unenforceable despite the plain language of the agreement, because courts look unfavorably upon contracts that attempt to restrain free trade. Likewise, the common-law employee’s duty of loyalty to the employer is limited by legal policies supporting competition and free enterprise. Any employee who is asked to sign an employment contract before employment, or any employee looking to transfer to a competing business, should review the matter with a skilled employment attorney to determine legal rights and obligations.
Employment law and the legal rights of employees is a legal specialty that is constantly evolving and steadily changing. Given the fluid and complex nature of employment law, it is always advisable to obtain the legal advice of an employment law specialist whenever employment law issues arise.