Though some believe that discrimination no longer exists in the workplace, the sad fact is that it does. With glass ceilings, intolerance towards the LGBT community, prejudice toward older workers and those of a different skin color, and inequity for pregnant women and nursing mothers, discrimination in the workplace is fact of life for many. However, that does not mean discrimination should be tolerated or unreported. There can be severe penalties for employers who permit discrimination in the workplace or who take retaliatory actions towards those who report it. When faced with discrimination at work, enlist the help of the energetic and effective team at Aviso Law. Our Colorado Springs and Denver employment attorneys will work on your behalf to fight discrimination in the workplace and make sure you achieve the best possible outcome.
At Aviso Law, we believe that no employee should be forced to tolerate workplace discrimination. We are committed to protecting the rights of employees who have been harassed, fired, or discriminated against on the basis of their race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, disability, or military service. Our lawyers our dedicated to enforcing equal protection laws and employee rights for our clients.
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Race discrimination occurs when an employer acts unfairly to an employee because of the employee’s race or skin color. Examples of illegal adverse employment actions include termination, demotion, difference in salary, and denial of a promotion. Race discrimination can also occur in the form of harassment, where an employer or a fellow employee creates a hostile work environment for an employee based upon that employee’s race or ethnicity.
Gender discrimination occurs when an employer treats a man or, more often, a woman differently because of their gender. It is not unusual for employers in today’s workplace to pay women less, promote men faster and to higher level positions, and to offer women fewer opportunities based upon a belief that women are, as a gender, less capable.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Though it is now against the law to do so, many employers discriminate against employees because of their sexual orientation. Despite this illegal practice, employers cannot lawfully make decisions in the workplace on the basis of whether a person is gay, bisexual or transgendered. Among other things, it is illegal for employers to fire, demote, promote or make salary decision on the basis of whether a person is straight, gay, bisexual or transgendered.
With five generations in today’s workforce, age discrimination is more of a concern than ever before. Age discrimination can occur in a number of ways, including termination, non-promotion, lack of salary increases and making hiring decisions based upon age. It is unlawful for employers to engage in any forms of age discrimination, but it remains a significant issue that many face.
Discrimination based on religion is unlawful in Colorado and the nation. Employers cannot base employment decisions such as hiring, firing, salary and promotion on their own religious belief or that of their employees. Employers also have the obligation, in some circumstances, to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious beliefs. If an employer discriminates against employees based upon their religion or fails to make required accommodations based upon an employee’s religious beliefs, there can be severe penalties under the law.
Pregnancy can be a joyful time in a woman’s life; a time that should not be marred by employer discrimination. Not only is discrimination based upon pregnancy unlawful, employers are also required to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees when medically necessary. The same is true for when a woman is breastfeeding. Under state and federal law, there can be severe penalties for employers who discriminate or fail to accommodate employees who are pregnant or breastfeeding.