Employment Lawyer Denver
A renowned employment attorney in Denver, Arnold Freigtton writes about workforce discrimination and the process of filing a discrimination claim in Colorado.
Employment discrimination according to the Colorado state ruling
It is unlawful for any employer to commit discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, creed, disability (mental or physical), race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. This is embodied in the Colorado Fair Employment Practices Act enacted many decades ago.
Later, this enactment was changed so that an employee is given the chance to claim for damages that are economic, non-economic, and punitive in nature. If found guilty, employers (including those operating with a workforce of less than 15) are answerable to such damages. On top of these, expenses like attorney’s fees can also be recovered by the aggrieved employee.
How to file claims for discrimination in the state of Colorado
The aggrieved employee has the option to file a discrimination claim with any of the two government agencies – the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Each of these agencies is mandated to process your claim so there is no need to file with the second agency if you have done so with the first. The two have a standing arrangement, allowing both to conduct a coordinated processing program. However, you have to indicate that you are filing such claim based on said program.
Take note however that CCRD processes claims against employers operating with 14 employees and below. On the other hand, EEOC takes care of claims against employers with a minimum workforce of 15 employees or 20, if the subject of the claim is about age discrimination.
According to some attorneys in Colorado, it is easier to file discrimination claims (of any type) with the CCRD. This is due to the number of CCRD offices across the state and its fast and convenient investigation process.
To file a claim with the CCRD, contact its office below. More information about filing a claim can be found at the CCRD website.
On the other hand, the EEOC has an existing service for online users, particularly those who merely want to verify for any development regarding a pending filed charge. EEOC aims to provide users an online system where they can upload and obtain samples of documents as well as inquire about matters relating to their charge. Persons or entities who are subject/s of such charge can also check or view the same information viewed by the one who filed the discrimination charge.
Arnold Freigtton is a native of Colorado and one of the founding members of the firm. He obtained his degree in Juris Doctor in 1998, graduating with the honor of summa cum laude. Most of his earlier law practice was devoted to the representation of employees working for the private and public sectors. His areas of expertise involve discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge issues. In addition, he frequently lectures about employment litigation across cities in Colorado.