Because Colorado is an at-will employment state, you or your boss could end your time at the company without having to provide a reason. However, that does not mean that your boss always has the right to fire you. State and federal laws protect people from losing their jobs due to discrimination.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act provides protection for employees
Prejudice and bias have affected so much of the culture in the U.S. that state and federal law spells out certain aspects about people that employers cannot consider when making employment decisions. These include but are not limited to:
- Race and color
- Disability and genetic information
- Gender, gender identity and sexual orientation
- National origin and citizenship
Job termination due to discrimination
Proving discrimination in the workplace while staying employed is very difficult. However, if you were terminated, past discriminatory actions can take on a whole new meaning.
Red flags may be raised if two similarly situated colleagues were accused of the same infraction but only one was fired. Likewise, an employee who shares that she is expecting a child later this year or reveals that she is an LGBTQ activist and is fired shortly thereafter should also raise a lot of legal questions.
If you believe you were wrongfully termination due to discrimination, you will need to provide proof of the discriminatory actions and your financial losses suffered. Save everything you can to help prove your claim.
Performance reviews, emails, memos, texts and other documentation are important forms of evidence that can be used in court. Witnesses to discriminatory actions can be very helpful as well. Also, document your subsequent job search efforts and track financial losses caused by to your termination.