Harassment & Discrimination

Harassment and discrimination in the workplace is a terrifying experience. Nobody should have to worry about facing either of those things while they are just trying to make a living. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there were 1,354 individual filings in 2018 for workplace harassment and discrimination. 2018 saw a steep decrease in filings from previous years, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t work to do when it comes to harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Even if you are only considering filing a claim against your place of employment, you should speak to a lawyer. At the Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin, we are experienced in employment law and will not only fight for you but empathize with you.

Colorado Workplace Discrimination

Figuring out if what you are experiencing at work is discrimination can sometimes be difficult. So what exactly is workplace discrimination? Workplace discrimination is a broad term that encompasses multiple different forms of discrimination. For instance, your employer cannot discriminate against you by way of:

  • Unequal pay or compensation
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Demotion
  • Wrongful termination

According to the EEOC, these are among the attributes employers are prohibited from discriminating against:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Genetic Information
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race/Color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Harassment

Discrimination based on anything listed above is prohibited on a federal level. Each type of discrimination listed is defined down to the letter by the EEOC. For example, with age discrimination, the victim has to be over the age of 40 and can be discriminated against even by somebody the same age or older than them.

Nobody deserves to be discriminated against. If you face discrimination based on anything listed, you should talk to an experienced employment law attorney. Your workplace has an obligation to provide a safe and sound environment, and if they have not done that, you have every right to make sure they will do so in the future.

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Workplace Harassment in Colorado

While harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace are forms of discrimination, these injustices have their own unique considerations, which makes them worth mentioning on their own. Harassment, of any kind, is a very serious situation which can lead to a difficult work environment. For harassment to reach the unlawful level, the work environment must be offensive, intimidating, or hostile to any reasonable person.

Harassment that could create an offensive, intimidating, or hostile work environment could be caused by offensive jokes, slurs, name calling, intimidation, or other such behaviors. If it is a continuous problem and your company has not taken measures to prevent it, or if it continues after those measures, you have every right to pursue a legal claim. This is typically done through the EEOC.

If this happened to you in Colorado, especially the Nederland or Bloomfield area, please don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin. We will fight for you and do our best to get you the justice you deserve.

How to Build Your Harassment Or Discrimination Case

To increase your chances of winning your case, there are several things you can do. If you are currently being harassed, keep documentation of what is happening. Make sure to write down what happened, on what dates, at what time, and if there were any witnesses. Also be sure to keep that log somewhere safe. If there is any evidence, save it. If you are facing sexual or racial harassment, complain to a supervisor or human resources, unless they are the ones doing it.

If you have been harassed or discriminated against in the past and are looking to pursue corrective action now, try to find witnesses that will vouch for you. If you did save any evidence from that time, make sure your lawyer is aware of it.

Finally, do not sign any legal paperwork from your employer without legal advice. There is a possibility that anything you sign will make it difficult or impossible to pursue a harassment and discrimination charge.

Nederland, Colorado Harassment & Discrimination Attorneys

Our attorneys have handled harassment and discrimination claims before and will know how to handle yours. We take into account every possible consideration and will tailor our services to your particular needs. Contact us today for help with your workplace harassment and/or discrimination concerns.